7 Must-Know Tips to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

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Healthy skin is not just great for your looks … it’s good for your health! That’s why you must know these 7 tips to help prevent skin-cancer.

  1. Look for “ugly duckling” spots that stand out on your skin as being different from other moles, tags, or blemishes you have. Oddities could be signs of a melanoma.
  2. See a dermatologist at least once a year for a complete review of your skin. Why? Skin cancers are not always easy to catch since they may not cause pain. And some melanomas have no color at all — you need a trained eye to identify them.
  3. Don’t trust skin cancer detection apps to diagnose skin flaws. Instead, consider using one to set reminders for doing your skin check and to store photo records of your skin condition over time.
  4. Peak intensity for sun exposure happens between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If possible, avoid direct sunlight during
    these times.
  5. Put your sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside so your skin has fully absorbed it. Then don’t forget to reapply it every two hours.
  6. Go easy on the alcohol — just one drink a day may increase your risk of skin cancer.
  7. In case you get an urge to use a tanning bed, be aware that it increases your skin cancer risk. Your best protection is to avoid it altogether.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer