Skin Cancer Prevention

Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the world's most common cancer. It can be deadly in its' most fatal forms. There are a number of ways to reduce your exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Protect your skin. It is your body's largest organ.

When you have to spend time outside, wearing SPF protective clothing is an excellent way to limit exposure to the sun. There is a wide variety of clothing that is available, such as tops, bathing suits, athletic wear, broad-rimmed hats, skirts, swim cover-ups and more. It is widely available for men, women and children. The clothing acts as a barrier between your skin and the sun and will provide protection for the duration of your time spent outdoors. From the backyard to the beach, there is clothing that will provide the protection you need.

Even if there is snow on the ground, the rays of the sun can still damage skin. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself year round is to apply a cream containing SPF on all exposed areas of the skin, especially the face and hands. This should be done a half hour before leaving the house every day. Even if there are no plans to spend time outside, a few minutes spent in the sun can be harmful. The damaging rays of the sun penetrate even when the days are cloudy and hazy. When the weather is warmer, a protective layer of sun screen should be applied to the skin on a regular basis, especially after swimming or excessive perspiration.

It is almost impossible to avoid the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Our bodies need the vitamin D the sun provides, it lifts our spirits and spending time outdoors involved in activities is healthy. To prevent skin cancer, extended durations in intense sunlight should be avoided. The suns rays are the strongest between the hours of ten and two; prolonged time outdoors during these hours should be avoided if possible. If a day trip to the beach is planned, spend some time under an umbrella. Always wear plenty of water resistant sunscreen, SPF protective clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Babies should not be exposed to direct sunlight for the first six months. Children's skin is especially vulnerable. Every step to protect them from harmful ultraviolet rays should be taken.

It is a good idea to visit a dermatologist on a yearly basis for skin screenings. They know what signs to look for and will recognize areas that may become a problem. Early detection means prompt treatment. This is especially important for those who suffer from psoriasis as they may be at an increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

Protect your skin and practice sun safety. Limit your exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Wear sunscreen and SPF clothing when you will be spending time outdoors.

Last Updated: February 28, 2017