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    Understanding Skin Cancer -- Prevention

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    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 UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Or use Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment UV Protectant.
    • 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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    What is prevention?

    Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases of cancer in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer. To prevent new cancers from starting, scientists look at risk factors and protective factors. Anything that increases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective...

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    Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on March 13, 2015
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