According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are different types of skin cancer such as, Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Melanoma. Melanoma is the least common but the most deadly skin cancer. It is estimated that there will be 73,870 new cases of melanoma in the United States in 2015. About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
We at LeConte Women’s Healthcare love our patients. We want you to know this information to help prevent you or a loved one from developing skin cancer.
Here are some tips to help prevent skin cancer:
- Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.
- USE SUNSCREEN. If you are planning a day out, apply sunscreen before leaving your house, even if the weather is overcast. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and consider a water resistant sunscreen that protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays. Look for a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30.
- When applying sunscreen, use 1 oz of sunscreen, that amount is equal to the size of your palm. Apply thoroughly into the skin. Make sure you cover all areas including the tops of your ears, the top of your head, top of your feet, and neck.
- Sunscreen can lose it’s efficacy. We recommend buying new sunscreen every year. Completely use or discard any sunscreen at the end of the summer season.
- Protect your noggin! Wear protective clothing if you are going to be out in the sun. Many clothing options offer a SPF in clothing alone. Also, the tops of heads often get overlooked. There are many great fashionable options of hats these days which may prevent your scalp from suffering from a sunburn.
- There are many safe options for getting that summer glow. Self- tanners and spray tans are becoming more popular options with pretty good results, we must say!
- Check your skin for signs of skin cancer. If you notice new moles or changes in moles get them checked out. If you do not have a dermatologist, please call our office and we can definitely give you the hook up!