Scarsdale Dermatologists Discuss How to Prevent Skin CancerPublished on February 14, 2015 by Westchester Center For Dermatology
Summer is almost here, and it’s time to start planning to protect yourself against skin cancer. Although no one likes to think about the possibility of getting cancer, it’s much better to prevent it than it is to treat it. Follow these important sun safety tips.
Tip #1 – Check the Clock
Enjoy time outdoors in the sun before ten a.m. and after four p.m. Those are the best times to avoid the sun’s strongest rays. Our certified dermatologist suggests you plan your outdoor time to last about forty minutes in direct sunlight at a time.
Tip #2 – Use Sunscreen
Check with your Westchester County dermatologist about the type of sunscreen recommended for your use. Some people are sensitive to certain ingredients found in many sunblock products. Find out which ones are safe for frequent use without side effects or complications. Many experts recommend products with an SPF of 40 or higher.
Tip #3 – Wear Sunglasses
Like skin, eyes need sun protection, too. Wear shades that block UV light while doing outdoor activities, including driving a car. The best designs are those that curve around the sides of your face to keep sun from reaching the eye at a slanted angle.
Tip #4 – Cover Up
While in the sun, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing over much of the skin area to protect it from the sun’s rays. White or tan are good choices, along with pastels. Be aware that most clothing will not block the sun’s effect on skin, so wear it as an added precaution or as a stopgap measure.
Tip #5 – Visit Your Dermatologist
Always contact your Scarsdale dermatologist if you notice any new moles or changes in existing moles on your skin’s surface. Most skin doctors recommend an annual checkup to find any pre-cancerous lesions early so they can be treated and prevent cancer from developing.
Tip #6 – Don’t Tan
Avoid tanning booths. They typically use a high level of UV light that can damage human skin. Try not to tan outdoors, either, as any type skin coloration represents tissue damage that may eventually lead to skin cancer.
Check your body once a month, scalp and feet included, to identify any potential trouble spots. Call the dermatologist’s office with any questions or concerns. We offer and advise individuals to receive routine skin checks with their dermatologist. Early detection often leads to successful prevention and cures.