Skin cancer prevention tips

Skin cancer is becoming more and more prevalent. From an odd shaped mole that has to be removed to full melanoma, people are seeking to avoid having to diagnose and treat skin cancer. Many have found in this case that prevention is really the best cure. Measures to be protected from skin cancer are basic and affordable to most people. The prevention of skin cancer is something that everyone should take seriously.

In regard to skin cancer, the sun is the enemy. It is best to plan outdoor activities in the mornings before 10am or in the afternoon after 4pm. The benefit is that ones are out of the mid-day sun. Regardless of whether one is in the sun during the heat of the day or not, it is best to apply sunscreen. Doctors recommend using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above. It is best to apply sunscreen to all exposed parts of the body at least 30 minutes before going outside. If a person is swimming, sweating, or spending a long time out of doors, it is recommended to reapply the sunscreen every two hours. Not even the highest SPF provides complete protection from the sun. Many people have seen the advantage of wearing sunglasses, hats that cover the face and neck, and clothing over any exposed skin. Clearly since the skin needs to be protected from the sun, it is wise for people to also avoid tanning beds since the ultraviolet rays can be more intense.

Woman applying sunscreen for skin cancer preventionAnother prevention tip is to examine the entire body for any changes. By looking from head to toe, people have been able to keep their eye on moles or other spots that seem unusual and get to the doctor to have them checked out. Many have had to use mirrors to view areas of the body that are not easily seen. This enables them to see their back, the back of their legs, and their buttocks.  As early detection is the key to successful skin cancer treatment, this should not be neglected.

People need to be aware of any effects their medication may have on increasing the sensitivity of their skin to the sun. For example some prescription and over the counter drugs will increase the effect of the sun on the skin. If a person in concerned about the effect of any medication they are taking, they can ask their doctor for help.

The above tips for the prevention of skin cancer are ones that anyone can start in their life. The skin is the largest organ of the body and should be protected.  As people know the benefits of taking just a few minutes to cover their skin with sunscreen, plan activities in low sun intensity times, and knowing the side effects of any medications that they are taking, they can reduce the possibility of developing skin cancer.