Summer Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
June 13, 2016
According to research, one in five people will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. This staggering statistic emphasizes the importance of proper skin care. As we approach summer, the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton would like to share tips on how to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer this summer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, your risk of developing melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) doubles if you’ve had more than five sunburns. However, daily use of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher can reduce your risk of melanoma by half. Make sure to wear broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all exposed skin, including your neck, hands and face. About one ounce (approximately the size of a shot glass) of sunscreen should be enough to cover your entire body. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours thereafter.
The gorgeous summer weather in Florida is meant to be enjoyed — responsibly. Avoid overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays by seeking shade as much as possible, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Protect your skin by covering up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and wraparound sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Thinking about getting an “instant” tan? Think again. More than 1 million Americans use tanning beds each day. Unfortunately, people who use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. Even one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.
Examine Your Skin
Experts recommend you examine your skin head-to-toe once a month. If you suspect that a mole, freckle, open sore or sun spot has changed color, schedule an appointment with your physician. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer should have their skin evaluated by a professional once a year.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Early detection and removal of cancerous and precancerous growths greatly increases one’s survival rate. Treatment for skin cancer varies, depending on the size and severity of the cancer. Once the cancer is removed, many patients choose to seek treatment with a plastic surgeon to leave the skin area that was affected looking like it did before. The Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton are experienced in repairing skin affected by cancer. Learn more about our post-skin cancer treatment by scheduling a personal consultation. Please call (561) 393-6400 today.