June 24, 2022

5 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

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With the summer months here, the most common form of cancer in the United States—skin cancer—always gets more attention at this time of year. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in some form by the age of 70.

Fortunately, there are several precautions you can take to dramatically cut the chances of developing skin cancer, and if you do, make sure it’s caught and treated early.

Centers Health Care has a look at five tips from the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology on how to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

  1. Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day

The sun’s rays are most intense from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you don’t have a watch handy, one way to determine if the sun’s rays are strong is if your shadow is shorter than you are. If so, find some shade.

  1. Cover Up

Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants are all great for sun protection. Make sure your shirts and pants are made from material that keeps you comfortable in the heat.

  1. Use Sunscreen

Any time you’re going to be out in the sun, wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30. One ounce (or enough to fill up a shot glass) is generally enough sunscreen to cover your body. Be sure to re-apply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

  1. Be Careful Near Water, Snow, and Sand

These conditions reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays, increasing your chance of getting a sunburn.

  1. Regular Monitoring

Perform self-skin exams regularly, so you can notice spots that look suspicious (oddly shaped or colored moles should be examined by a dermatologist). It’s also recommended that you see a dermatologist once a year for a complete screening.

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