Preventing Skin Cancer + Skin Self Exam How-To

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S. Learn how you can stay protected and prevent skin cancer by taking precautionary measures and staying alert to your body's changes.

Exposure to the sun's ultra violet radiation can increase your risk of developing skin cancer later on. While you probably can't avoid going in the sun altogether, there are ways you can protect yourself. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent skin cancer:

  • Wear the right clothes: Light-colored, loose-fitting tops and bottoms with an SPF of 15 or higher; sunglasses that provide UV protection; and a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face, head and neck.
  • Be sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Follow the packaging directions for application and apply every 2 hours for optimum protection. Use a lip balm containing sunscreen to protect the lips.
  • If possible, avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
  • Avoid the use of artificial tanning beds.

Another great defense against skin cancer is the skin self exam (SSE). When found in its early stages, melanoma skin cancer is almost always curable. Learn how to perform a skin self-exam by visiting this link on our website.

For more information on skin cancer, prevention or performing a skin self-exam, contact us at the Medical Center of McKinney. You can visit us online or give us a call at 972-547-8000.

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