Skin Cancer Prevention

We all want to keep our skin looking and feeling healthy, and as we grow older, we want to maintain a youthful look. Skin cancer prevention should be an important part of everyone’s health regime—especially those who may be in higher risk groups. The tips for preventing skin cancer are actually great skin care tips across the board. By following these tips, you will reduce your skin cancer risk as well as enjoy great overall skin care.

Take the Sun Seriously

Most of us love spending time in the warm sun and many of us can’t avoid daily prolonged sun exposure. Unfortunately, the sun is one of the major causes of skin cancer. Additionally, sun exposure can lead to sun spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin. All of this skin damage is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is wise to follow these tips by St Louis Dermatology and Surgery Center to prevent skin cancer and how to safely stay in the sun:

  • Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours – The sun is usually the strongest during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so if it is at all possible, avoid the sun during these times.
  • Avoid Sunburns – Even one sunburn will increase the risk of developing skin cancer. And with each sunburn, the risk increases. Get out of the sun as soon as you start feeling or seeing a sunburn.
  • Cover Up with Protective Clothing – Your clothing can be a very effective form of sun protection. Wear long sleeves and wide brimmed hats that fully cover your face. Also, wearing sunglass that block UV rays is important for protecting your eyes.

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Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Wearing the proper sunscreen is very important. It is important to understand how SPF and UVA/UVB protection play roles in selecting the best sunscreen.

A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will filter out approximately 93 percent of UVB rays. Higher SPFs are important for those individuals whose skin burns easily or those who have photosensitive conditions.

Note that a high SPF alone is not sufficient for full sun protection. You should select sunscreens that are labeled broad spectrum, as they will help block both UVA and UVB rays.

Self Exams Are Crucial

Performing a monthly self-exam is important, since early detection of skin cancer is crucial to curing it. These exams are especially important to those who are in high risk groups. The main things to look for during a self-exam are any suspicious changes in moles or sores. If you detect any changes, it is important to contact your St. Louis skin cancer dermatology physician as soon as possible.

St. Louis Dermatologist Dr. Wright and his team at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center know how important skin cancer prevention is. Please call us today if you would like to know more about this important issue. We want to ensure that you and your skin remain healthy and happy!