Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that this disease is largely preventable. With proper sun protection methods and habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer in the future. The dermatologists at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists take time with patients to discuss the importance of sun protection and provide some tips on how to stay safe in the sun.
What is skin cancer?
As the name suggests, this is a type of cancer occurs when malignant cells develop in the tissues of the skin. When detected early, skin cancer can often be treated effectively with surgery or medication. There are several different varieties and stages of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), actinic keratosis, and melanoma. Some of these, specifically melanoma, can be deadly.
How do I protect my skin?
Below are some skin cancer prevention tips to protect your skin from the sun and reduce your cancer risks:
- Avoid sun bathing and instead opt for shade whenever possible.
- Use sun protection products that contain sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
- Apply sunblock to all exposed areas of skin and apply it at least half an hour before sun exposure.
- Apply sunblock as directed throughout the day if spending extended periods of time outdoors.
- Wear protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses, long sleeves shirts made from cotton fabric (which has thick fibers). Avoid synthetic fabrics like nylon which can conduct heat into your skin more easily than natural materials do!
- Stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest, between the hours of 10am and 4pm
- Avoid using tanning beds or sun lamps.
Take charge of your skin and start protecting it!
Schedule a visit at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists to learn more about sun protection tips and recommendations from our team of professionals. We have seven office locations conveniently located throughout southern Florida and can be reached at (954) 961-1200 to schedule an appointment at any of them.