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Skin cancer prevention means, in part, that you are aware of the signs of skin cancer, perform regular skin cancer checks and see a physician specializing in skin diseases if you develop any warning signs. In fact, this is a regimen that you should be performing every month, particularly when we look at the number of people affected by skin cancer. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in five people develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. Early detection helps to prevent the spread of skin cancer and saves lives.
Check List for the Prevention of Skin Cancer
The Skin Cancer Foundation offers a check list to help prevent skin cancer. Here’s a quick recap.
- When outside, stay in the shade, particularly between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
- Protect your skin so that you do not burn your skin.
- Refrain from tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to your body 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.
- When outside, cover your body with clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Refrain from having newborns in the sun. Babies six months or older should use sunscreen.
- Check your skin from head-to-toe and front to back every month.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
It is vitally important to have any skin abnormalities evaluated and monitored by a dermatologist.
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