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10 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer


Stay indoors or in the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Wear clothes that will cover your arms and legs when going outside.

Wear a hat that will cover your face and neck.

Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them.

Wear sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15. For extended outdoor activity, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher.

Reapply sunscreen or sunblock every two hours, after swimming or after excessive sweating.

Avoid tanning.

Consider taking Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3.

Limit your alcohol intake.

See a dermatologist at least once a year.

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

Call your doctor if you see or experience:


A mole with irregular borders

A sudden, fast-growing spot

A patch of scaly, red skin that doesn’t go away

A sore that’s taking time to heal

Bleeding or oozing from a skin spot

Scaliness

Sudden skin pain, itchiness or tenderness

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