Skin Cancer Prevention Tips
Kristin Hines, MSN, RN, Director of Schneck Cancer Center - April 07, 2020
Do you love the warm feeling of the sun on your skin – that warmth you feel all the way to your bones? Do you love being outside walking, gardening, or even just reading a book on a park bench? OF COURSE YOU DO! Everyone wants to be outside living an active life and feeling healthy and vibrant. But what about the harmful effects of the sun? Did you know that up to 90% of skin changes that people think are related to aging are actually from the sun?
 
What can you do to protect your skin while enjoying outside activities?

Tip #1 Self Examination Check your skin for any changes or new moles. Don’t just check the easy places – check your scalp, the back of your legs, under your breasts, and your back – use a mirror if necessary.
 
Tip #2 Request Mole Mapping Your dermatologist can “map” your moles by taking photographs of your skin and comparing older photos to new photos for changes.
 
Tip #3 Avoid Too Much Sun Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. When you do go out in the sun, use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more—and do not forget to re-apply! Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
 
Tip #4 See a Dermatologist Annually Get yourself checked by a professional and ask questions about your risk, your skin type, and any treatments that may be right for you.
 
Tip #5 Avoid Tanning Tanning outside or indoors can have dangerous consequences. While often associated with good health, the “glow” of a tan is the very opposite of healthy. It’s actually evidence of DNA injury to your skin. Tanning damages your skin cells and speeds up visible sign of aging. Worst of all, tanning can lead to skin cancer.

Call your primary care physician to schedule your skin screening today! 
 
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