It feels great to be out in the sun. Unfortunately, while you are enjoying yourself, the sun is damaging your skin. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. There are steps you can take to prevent skin cancer, and your dermatologist can help.
You are at greater risk of skin cancer if you:
Did you know the effects of sun exposure are cumulative? That means all the sun exposure you experienced growing up is building up on your skin, causing skin damage, and in some cases, skin cancer. That’s why the prevention of skin cancer can never start too early. You need to:
It’s also important to examine your skin regularly, at least once each week. You need to look for:
Visiting your dermatologist at least once each year for a skin check is another great way to help prevent skin cancer. Your dermatologist knows what to look for and can detect early signs of skin cancer when it is easily treatable.
To learn more about skin cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, call your dermatologist today.