Learn more about Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention from your south Charlotte DermatologistSkin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and ultra-violent radiation from sunlight is the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancers.

The following are steps you can take to prevent yourself from skin cancer:

  1. Minimize sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  If you enjoy the outdoors, try your best to schedule your activities outside the peak sun hours or seek shade.
  2. Slap on a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply at least every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.  Typically you need at least 2 tablespoons or a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover the exposed areas of your body.
  3. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lipstick or lip balm containing sunscreen.
  4. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and ultraviolent blocking sunglasses.
  5. Avoid the use of tanning beds.
  6. If you still want that “sun glow look,” consider a safer option such as a sunless tanning lotion or a spray tan.

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