Skin cancer is a type of cancer that affects the skin cells. This type of cancer can spread throughout the body and eventually affect the major organs in the body. It can be caught ahead of time if you have skin abnormalities that just pop up or have changed over time. Abnormalities such as moles, fleshy bumps, or other spots on the body should not be ignored. If you have a spot on your body that has changed in size, color, shape, or appearance in any way at all, you need to have it inspected by a dermatologist. Skin cancer can be prevented, to begin with by protecting yourself and your skin. Read on for some tips you can use to prevent skin cancer.
Stay Out Of The Sun
This is not an easy fete to do, as you are probably typically outside during the warm weather months enjoying the sunshine. It's important to protect yourself as much as possible when you are outside in the sun. You need to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunscreen. You should also keep your skin covered as much as possible, or if not possible, protect your skin using a large umbrella, a wide-brimmed hat, or oversized sunglasses. You should also wear loose-fitting clothing to keep your skin cool, while also protecting it from the sun's rays. When possible, try to avoid being in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
Monitor Your Skin
You should be keeping a close eye on your skin and watch for abnormalities or changes in your moles or other concerning spots on the body. You should go to the dermatologist for skin cancer checks and to have your moles examined for changes, as you may not notice the changes right away, and the changes may be minor enough that you don't notice. Watch your own skin, but also have it checked yearly by the dermatologist. Have any spots tested for cancerous cells when necessary if your dermatologist suggests this needs to be done.
Skin cancer can be a deadly form of cancer, but it can also be prevented and treated when it's caught early enough. Early detection is important in preventing skin cancer, which means you need to pay attention to your own skin and you should be going to the dermatologist for a yearly exam.