How to spot and prevent skin cancer?


prevent skin cancerIf you spend most of your time outdoors and under sun, you have to be careful and do something to protect your skin from harmful sun-rays or are you have to encounter skin cancer. This preventable skin cancer usually starts with an abnormal growth of skin cells and develops on those areas of the skin which gets exposed through sun rays. No matter which skin color you have, you may acquire skin cancer including melanoma. Did you know that you can get exposed to three types of skin cancers basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma?

How to protect yourself from sun-rays?

  • Did you know that sun rays have been at its peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and in some countries up to 3.30pm? Take the support of shade and avoid traveling during peak sun-rays.
  • Sometime you are unable to find if the sun rays are its peak. Check your shadow, if you find it quite shorter this means you have to walk under shade.
  • Wear long protective clothing like full-sleeve shirt, pants, sunglasses etc.
  • Do apply Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to the exposed skin. Reapply these creams after every two hours.
  • Take extra precaution if you walk along water, snow and sand as they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun.
  • At all cost avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds have been found causing skin cancer.

In case you get exposed to sun do the following:

  • Scrutinize your body front and back in a mirror
  • Inspect at the right and left sides with your arms raised
  • Check at the back of your legs and feet
  • Observe space between your toes and soles of your feet
  • Check your neck, scalp and buttocks

Choosing Sunscreen Protection Cream

After roaming around you will come to know that not all sunscreens are the same. Some sunscreens quickly work while others do not. So you have to choose intelligently which sunscreen will really work well. According to dermatologist Henry W. Lim MD, FAAD, C.S. Chairman of the department of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich says, “Do choose sunscreen which offers broad-spectrum protection which has SPF of 30 or greater and has water resistance. If the sunscreen is good you may like to use it over and over again”. Other dermatologists also recommend Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 which has the capability to block 97% of the sun rays.

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