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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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Understanding Skin Cancer -- Diagnosis and Treatment

All potentially cancerous skin growths must be biopsied to confirm a cancer diagnosis. Depending on the suspected type of skin cancer, the biopsy techniques vary slightly but crucially. Any potential melanoma requires a surgical biopsy, in which the entire growth is removed with a scalpel if possible. A pathologist then studies the sample under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present. If melanoma is diagnosed, other tests may be ordered to assess the degree of cancer spread (metastasis)...

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on April 17, 2014
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