Skin cancer is a deadly disease. This blog will teach you how to prevent skin cancer.
1. Wear sunscreen.
2. Do not go in the sun for too long.
3. Wear a hat when you are outside.
4. Make sure to get regular checkups from your dermatologist.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun. When you are in the sun, wear protective clothing, use a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher, and wear sunglasses and a hat.
Protective clothing means clothing that protects your skin from ultraviolet rays. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible. If you are wearing short-sleeved shirts or shorts, apply sunscreen to those exposed areas.
The best way to choose a sunscreen is to find a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Use one with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours while in the sun, even if it’s cloudy. Remember that water and sand reflect sunlight, so you need to apply more often than you think. Also remember that sunscreen wears off through sweating or swimming so make sure you reapply it after those activities too.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays as well as protecting the delicate skin around your eyes. Wear sunglasses whenever you are out in the sun for extended periods of time (such as at the beach) or when driving between 11 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest
Preventing skin cancer is a series of choices you make about how you spend your time. The most important step you can take is to limit or avoid exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. You can also take steps to protect yourself and your family when out in the sun.
Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, but some people are more likely to develop it than others. People with light skin who sunburn easily, or who have blond or red hair, blue eyes, and freckles, are the most likely to develop skin cancer. But people with dark skin can also get skin cancer.
Those who have had a previous history of melanoma are at higher risk of developing another melanoma, as well as other cancers such as breast, lung, and colon cancers. Having a family history of melanoma and having moles on your body are also risk factors.
To prevent melanoma and other types of skin cancer:
* Avoid overexposure to sunlight by trying to stay indoors during peak sunshine hours (10 am – 3 pm).
* If you must be outside during these times, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. Also wear a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your eyes. Do
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer in the United States. Melanoma, one of the three types of skin cancer, is responsible for most skin cancer deaths.
In this article, we will discuss what melanoma is, how to prevent it, and how to identify early warning signs.
What Is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the cells called melanocytes. This type of skin cancer can spread to other parts of your body and cause serious illness and death if left untreated.
Melanocytes are cells found throughout your body that are responsible for producing melanin, a pigment that gives your hair and skin their color. Most melanomas arise on normal looking skin and show up as new growths or changes in existing moles.
The most dangerous form of melanoma arises from ordinary-looking moles with no unusual features. These have been called “ugly duckling” moles because they stand out from the rest (1).
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will increase by 50 percent by 2020.
Melanoma accounts for less than 5 percent of all skin cancers, but it causes a majority of skin cancer deaths. More than 76,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2013 and more than 9,500 people are expected to die from melanoma this year. Melanoma may not be as common as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, which are other types of skin cancer, but it’s a much more serious disease because it spreads quickly to other areas of your body.
So how can you prevent melanoma? By protecting yourself from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays when you’re outdoors and knowing what to look for when you examine your skin for signs of this potentially deadly disease.
Understanding melanoma and how to detect it early is the first step in preventing skin cancer. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in the cells that give your skin its color (melanocytes). Melanoma can be cured if it’s found and treated early. The key is to check your skin often for changes in size, shape or color of existing moles, or for the appearance of new moles.
Melanoma also can develop from a mole you’ve had since birth. It is important to note that some types of melanoma do not begin in an existing mole but instead appear on normally looking skin.
The most common sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape or color of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanomas also may be pink, red, purple, blue or white.
Melanomas may be raised and bumpy but usually are smooth and flat. They can be smaller than a pea or larger than an eraser on a pencil.
If you see any of the signs below, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible:
Asymmetry — The shape of one half does not match the other half.Border — The edges
The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day. For children, the recommended amount is 60 minutes (or more) of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per day. While this may seem like a lot, it’s actually not that hard to fit in.
Walking to or from school, or even just parking your car farther away from the front door can add up over time. If you’re a parent, try going for a walk with the baby in his or her stroller and let older kids play outside for awhile. Once the weather warms up again, you can even head outdoors after dinner for some family fun!