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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

GET ROUTINE SKIN EXAMS

  • perform self exams monthly
  • see Dermatology provider annually or more frequent if high risk

USE SUNSCREENS SPF 30 OR GREATER (BROAD SPECTRUM)

  • re-apply after 80 minutes or sooner if sweating or in water
  • apply liberally to get the SPF protection labeled on the product
    • at least a shot glass which is 1 oz to get adequate protection
  • FACE– mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide
  • NECK, TRUNK, and EXTREMITIES– chemical and/or physical sunscreens are fine
  • SPF is a measure of UVB, not UVA protection
  • SPF 15 shields 93% UVB, SPF 30 shields 97% UVB, SPF 50 shields 98% UVB
  • search Skin Cancer Foundation for acceptable brands of sunscreens

WEAR SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

  • broad brim hats, glasses that block UV, rash guards great for swimming, shirts, shorts, pants, and buffs

AVOID THE SUN AND TANNING BEDS

  • prime sun is 10am-3pm, strongest when your shadow is shorter than you!
  • tanning beds increase your risk of deadly melanoma and lead to premature aging!
  • if you must get color, use self-tanners as they are safer than UV from the sun or tanning beds

USE ANTIOXIDANT SERUMS

  • research has proven that applying a high quality antioxidant serum before applying sunscreen can protect your skin from UV damage by as much as 8 times!
  • SkinBetter Science “ALTO DEFENSE SERUM” is an example

APPLY PHOTOZYME LOTION

  • this is a lotion that has Photolyases that are derived from algae, etc. and can help repair UV damage to the skin. This is to be used in addition to, not in place of, sunscreen

TAKE NICOTINAMIDE OR NIACINAMIDE

    • this is a form of Vitamin B3 and research has shown it to reduce the risk of more skin cancers in those that have a high risk
  • this vitamin is sold OTC, just be sure to get the correct forms, do NOT buy Niacin, you will get skin flushing

 

TAKE HELIOCARE

    • this is an OTC supplement, the active ingredient is called Polypodium Leucotomas and it is derived from a fern
  • it has proven to help protect from sun burns

EAT DIETS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

    • Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Omega 3 fatty Acids, Polyphenols from tea, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Zinc
  • a diet rich in these antioxidants may help restore antioxidants that get depleted protecting us from UV damage and other pollutants

BE AWARE OF RISK FACTORS FOR SKIN CANCER

  • blistering sun burns in childhood
  • tanning bed use
  • working as a life guard
  • high numbers of abnormal moles
  • previous history of skin cancers
  • family history of skin cancers
  • transplant patients, especially kidney transplants

 

A – Asymmetrical Shape


Melanoma lesions are often irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.

 B – Border

Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.

 C – Color

The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.

 D – Diameter

Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).

 E – Evolution

The evolution of your mole(s) has become the most important factor to consider when it comes to diagnosing a melanoma. Knowing what is normal for YOU could save your life. If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and/or size, bring it to the attention of a dermatologist immediately.

**MANY OF THE PREVENTION TIPS ARE FROM “THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION JOURNAL”, 2017 AND OTHER ISSUES.

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