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How to prevent Melanoma

How often do you spend time in the sun? You may be surprised by how much exposure you’re getting to the sun without even realizing it. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Here are some things you can do to prevent melanoma, a serious and potentially dangerous form of skin cancer.

Tans aren’t healthy

That dark summer “glow” may look nice but it’s definitely not healthy. Any exposure to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, and even just one sunburn can increase your risk. This is because ultraviolet radiation damages the skin cells. All it takes is 10-15 minutes outside to get burned, and tanning beds are the ultimate no-no. Want to protect against melanoma? Skip the suntan altogether, or try getting that summer glow from a bottle!

Wear Protection

Sunscreen is truly the best tool we have for protecting against skin cancer; however, most people don’t wear it or don’t apply it properly. If you don’t know how to properly apply sunscreen it’s not going to be nearly as effective. Here are some rules for choosing and applying sunscreen,

  • Choose a full-spectrum sunscreen (this will protect against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Apply about 1 ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a standard shot glass) to your body and face about 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after sweating or getting out of the water
  • Don’t forget to wear a hat, sunglasses and clothing made from tightly woven fabrics that can also provide further protection.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

The sun’s rays are at their most powerful between the hours of 10 am-4 pm. This means that your best bet is to either stay inside or to avoid sitting out in the sun during these times. Of course, even on off-peak hours you still need to wear sunscreen to protect against the sun.

Wear Sunscreen all Year long

You may think that you don’t have to wear sunscreen during the winter months, but don’t be deceived. The sun’s rays are damaging all 365 days of the year. This even includes cloudy, rainy and snowy days. In fact, the rays can reflect off water or snow and cause damage to your skin. This is why it’s important that you don’t skip out on wearing sunscreen, even during the colder, darker months.

If you are concerned about your risk for melanoma, or if you need to schedule an annual skin cancer screening with our dermatologists, call Carson Dermatology at (775) 883-7811
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