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Understanding Skin Cancer -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

If you are at risk for skin cancer, take the following precautions whenever possible:

  • Avoid intense sun exposure by staying out of it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
  • Outside, wear a hat with a brim, long sleeves, trousers, and sunglasses that block UV radiation.
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher whenever you are outside.
  • Report suspicious skin lesions to a doctor at once, especially if you have abnormal-looking moles or a family history of melanoma.
  • Have a yearly mole check.

 

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Overview

Note: Separate PDQ summaries on Skin Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Treatment, and Levels of Evidence for Cancer Screening and Prevention Studies are also available. Interventions The only widely proposed screening procedure for skin cancer is visual examination of the skin, including both self-examination and clinical examination. Benefits In asymptomatic populations, the effect of visual skin examination on mortality from nonmelanomatous skin cancers is unknown. Further, the evidence...

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on April 17, 2014
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