Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | February 28, 2019
While the dreary days of winter may seem endless, the sunny days of spring and summer are quickly approaching. To prepare for the summer’s sunny rays, Dr. Noah Weisberg and his staff at Skin Cancer Care Specialists want to make sure you are equipped with the knowledge you need to help prevent skin cancer.
- Try your best to avoid a sunburn by using a broad-spectrum UVA or UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every time you go outside.
- If you are planning on being outside for an extended period of time, use a water-resistant sunscreen of 30 or higher.
- The appropriate amount of sunscreen to use for your entire body is 2 tablespoons, or 1 ounce. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going outside and reapply after exercising, swimming, or every 2 hours.
- Try to remain in the shade during the sun’s peak hours: 10 am – 4 pm
- While a light bronze to the skin may be aesthetically appealing, it is not worth the risk. Avoid tanning and NEVER use UV tanning beds.
- Use UPF clothing to help protect you from the sun. Read more about UPF clothing in our July 2018 blog.
- Babies 6 months and under should be kept out of the sun all together. Children over 6 months should always have sunscreen on when outside.
- Finally, make sure you examine your skin head-to-toe every month for any moles or skin patches that have appeared or changed in size and/or color.
It is also very important to make sure you visit your dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
At Skin Cancer Care Specialists, we believe that it is important to educate yourself on how to protect your skin on a daily basis. Dr. Weisberg is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of skin lesions including basal and squamous cell carcinoma and has treated over 26,000 skin cancers. To schedule a skin cancer screening with Dr. Weisberg please contact our office at 561-775-6011.