Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
March 10, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

Summer is coming, and it’s important to guard against skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 3.3 million people Skin Cancerare treated each year for skin cancers other than melanoma. There are also more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. Your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology in West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach, FL want you to know how to protect yourself against the damaging effects of sun exposure.

One in five people in the US will get skin cancer in their lifetime, but that doesn’t have to be you. When you establish good habits of protecting yourself and your skin, you can avoid skin cancer for life. Your West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach dermatologists want you to:

  • Avoid getting sunburnt
  • Avoid tanning booths
  • Try to stay in the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher daily and SPF 30 or higher during prolonged periods of outside activity
  • Wear enough clothing including hats and sunglasses

You should also do a self-exam of your skin every month. Your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology suggest you look for skin discolorations or moles which have:

  • A: An asymmetrical shape
  • B: An irregular border
  • C: A change in color
  • D: A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  • E: A change in shape, color, size or height

You should also see your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology at least once per year for a comprehensive skin cancer examination. Early detection means a better chance of curing skin cancer. So enjoy the summer, but protect your skin. For more information on skin cancer and other dermatological treatments, call your dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology with three offices in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. Call today and protect your skin and your life!