Sun Avoidance and Sun Protection
Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention
Staying out of the sun does help prevent much of the problems caused by skin cancer but it isn’t always possible.
When going outdoors it is recommended to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. It is also important to emphasize the use of hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing. Seeking out the shade is considered a sun-smart behavior. Why sit in the sun when you can sit in the shade?
It seems that a lot of the sun damage is cumulative which means that over time the more sun you get the worse your skin gets.
If you have a non-healing sore or a mole that is new or changing you should have it examined. Certainly you shouldn’t ignore a bleeding mole and should seek professional help if this occurs.
People who have skin cancer in the family have a greater likelihood of getting skin cancer as well.
Protecting your family when they’re young is important for parents and there are many sunscreens especially formulated for babies and children.
There are many treatment options available from your dermatologist to help rejuvenate and reverse the sun damage to your skin. These include but aren’t limited to cryosurgery, alpha hydroxy acid creams, tretinoin creams, chemotherapy creams, immune modulatory creams, lasers, and photodynamic therapy. Close followup with your dermatologist after being diagnosed with skin cancer is imperative for good skin health and preventing further problems.