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How can I prevent skin cancer?

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Follow these tips to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Wear sunscreen every day. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and should be "broad-spectrum," meaning it guards against UVA and UVB rays. Put it on 15 minutes before you go outside. Reapply every 80 minutes when outside, and more often when swimming or sweating. Check the label for directions.
  • Choose clothing, cosmetics, and contact lenses that offer UV protection.
  • Pick sunglasses with total UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and neck.
  • If you have kids, be a good role model for sun protection and help your children learn how to take good care of their skin.
  • Check your skin at least once a month so you know what's normal for you. This will help you notice any changes or new growths.
  • Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, the peak hours for UVB radiation. The UVA rays, which cause premature skin aging and initiate skin cancers, are out all day long.

From: The Sun and Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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