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Prevention Tips

  1. It’s best to stay out of the sun from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. whenever you can.
  2. Be aware that ultraviolet, or UV, rays are reflected by sand, water, snow, and ice, increasing the amount of UV radiation you get. Dress accordingly to protect yourself.
  3. UV radiation can go through light clothing, windshields, windows, and clouds. If you’re in the sun, wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses.
  4. Use sunscreen products with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30 to help prevent skin cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreens, which block both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, are best.
  5. Reapply sunscreen frequently and be sure to use an adequate amount (a palmful for arms, legs, face, and neck).
  6. Use sunscreen year-round, even in winter.
  7. Stay away from sun lamps and DO NOT use tanning beds.
  8. Learn your family medical history and share it with your provider. A family history of skin cancer may increase your risk of developing the condition.
  9. Talk to your provider about your personal medical history. A history of previous skin cancers may increase the risk of developing them again.
  10. Learn the proper steps and procedures for a self-exam. Regularly check your skin from head to toe. Don’t forget to check all areas of the skin, including the back, the scalp, between the buttocks, and genital area. By checking your skin regularly, you will become familiar with what is normal for you. It may be helpful to record the dates of your skin exams and to write notes about the way your skin looks. A baseline digital photograph is another good way to monitor for any changes. If you find anything unusual, see your provider right away.