How to Prevent Skin Cancer

Skin plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. It is the largest organ in your body and it protects you from potential problems caused by dehydration, the sun, bacterial infections, and pollution. However, the skin has its limits when it comes to protecting us. Various factors can cause damage that cannot be repaired, and this may lead to skin cancer.

Most people can prevent skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet light like tanning lamps. Here are some simple but important steps you should take in reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Avoid UV rays

We do not encourage you to hide out from the sun completely, but it is very important to protect your skin against the harsh UV rays. Select shaded areas when performing outdoor activities.

If you have to spend long periods in the sun, wear a broad-brimmed hat and tight-weave clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and gloves. Avoid overexposing yourself to the sun without protection, especially between 11:00 am and 4:00 p.m. during summer months.

Also, never let your infants or young children to play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller, or carriage. Never let your youngsters stay in the sun for long periods, even when wearing sunscreen.

Apply sunscreen

Use sunscreen lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure that the product can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply the lotion liberally to exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and re-apply the product 15 to 30 minutes after being exposed to the sun.
You should also re-apply sunscreen on your skin after vigorous activities that could remove the product, like swimming, toweling, or excessive sweating.

Get your children and teenagers used to wearing sunscreen lotion, paying particular attention to the areas that are most exposed such as the face, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, back, knees, and the tops of their feet. Remind them of its importance to their skin.

Avoid tanning lamps

Exposing yourself to tanning lamps can actually aggravate your risks as the lamps contain UV rays and it is exposed much closer to your skin. If you want to have a quick tan, applying your body with a bronzer or tanning spray can do.

Checking your medication

Be aware that certain medicines can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you have questions about your medication.