Skin Cancer Prevention

Preventing skin cancer is an important endeavor for just about everyone, though more important for those who may be in high-risk groups. While preventing skin cancer is important, these skin cancer prevention tips can also help keep our skin in an overall healthy and youthful appearance. These tips are important across the board for healthy, beautiful skin.

The Sun Can Be Dangerous

While many of us love spending time in the sunshine, we all need to make sure we are protecting ourselves from the sun’s often dangerous rays. In addition to UV rays being responsible for skin cancer, sun exposure can also lead to leathery skin, sun spots, and wrinkles. Following the simple tips for sun safety below can help prevent skin cancer.

Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours— The sun’s rays are strongest during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to avoid being outside during these times.

Avoid Sunburns— Even just a single sunburn can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Get out of the sun the moment you feel a sunburn starting.

Protective Clothing— Covering up with protective clothing can reduce your risks. Wear long sleeves and hats with brims that can provide protection to your face. Sunglasses that completely block UV rays can also provide protection.

Sunscreen is Your Friend— Proper sunscreen and/or sunblock is very important in protecting against skin cancer. This is especially important to those people who have skin that can burn easily or may have photosensitivity. You should purchase and use a sunscreen that is appropriate for your type of skin. 

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Self Exams Can Detect Skin Cancer Early

Methods for preventing skin cancer also include performing a monthly self-exam. These self-exams can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages so that treating it can be effective. The exams are especially important for anyone in a higher risk group. The main thing to look for during your exam is any suspicious changes to moles or areas of the skin. If you feel something is suspicious, contact your physician as soon as possible.

Dr. Thomas Wright and his team at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center understand how important skin cancer screen and prevention is to each individual. Please call us today to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have about skin cancer prevention and whether you are at a higher risk.