Skin cancer prevention is possible
Skin cancer is a serious health risk. Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70? We think it is so important to offer tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, which will in turn, reduce your risk of skin cancer. Consider the following tips:
- Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum means that it provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it liberally.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin, including the tops of the ears, your neck, and the top of your head.
- When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, be sure to reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming or sweating.
- Never use tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can be more severe than the sun, causing skin cancer and premature skin aging.
- It is okay to use a self-tanning product if you want to look tanned, but you must continue to use sunscreen.
- Remember that water, snow, and sand, are all highly reflective, and that they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, increasing your risk for sunburn.
- Always wear protective clothing. It can be lightweight , but should consist of long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Hold the clothing up to the sun, it should not be see-through.
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Perform regular self-exams to detect skin cancer. It is most treatable when discovered early.
- See a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or moles that change, itch or bleed.
Always remember that a tan is a sign that your skin has been injured. This damage will speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer.
Skin cancer screening in Charlotte, NC
Your risk for skin cancer can depend upon many factors. If you are finding it difficult to live with your condition, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist, whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your cosmetic and medical dermatology concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers surgical dermatology. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte today for a skin care evaluation and skin cancer screening, or for any other skin condition.