The risk for skin cancer significantly increases as more of your skin is exposed to the sun during warmer months. The good news is that the majority of skin cancers are completely preventable. Here is everything you need to know to help you reduce your risk for skin cancer.
Common Forms of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells typically as a result of exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. One of the most common forms of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. This skin cancer appears as waxy bumps or flat scar-like lesions. Squamous cell carcinoma appears as red lumps with a scaly surface.
Melanoma is considered to be the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma can show up in a variety of ways, such as moles that change in appearance to dark lesions or brown spots. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is responsible for approximately 75% of skin cancer deaths. Approximately 5.4 million squamous and basal skin cancers are diagnosed each year.
Factors that Raise Skin Cancer Risk
While skin cancer can happen to anyone, certain factors for some individuals can increase the risk. You can be at greater risk if you have a family history of skin cancer or a weakened immune system. Lighter skin and heavy sun exposure can also contribute. You may also have increased risk if you have had multiple severe sunburns or prevalent moles.
Ways to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk
There are several ways you can help reduce your risk for skin cancer. Wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors and apply frequently. Limit midday exposure to the sun, even on cloudy days. Cover your arms and legs as much as possible with protective clothing. Perform self-checks on a regular basis and consult with a dermatologist about any changes immediately.
Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment
Being proactive can significantly reduce your risk for cancer. Early detection can make skin cancer treatable and defeatable. Medical Dermatology Specialists offers skin cancer screenings and personalized treatment options to reduce your risk. Call to schedule an appointment for your comprehensive skin cancer screening today
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
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