Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Both Dr. Melanie Hecker and Dr. David Hecker or Hecker Dermatology Group see patients who have skin cancer on a regular basis. While most forms usually don't spread internally, melanoma can. And the process to remove it isn't the most pleasant. Fortunately, a dermatologist from our practice, serving Pompano Beach, FL, Tamarac, FL, and the nearby regions, can assist.

Limit Sun Exposure

While sunlight is beneficial to vitamin D synthesis, it's best to limit your time in the sun to 15 to 30 minutes in the sun daily. The specific amount for you depends on your particular skin tone. Darker-complected people can spend longer in the sun than someone with fair skin. 

Wear Sunscreen

Our dermatologists encourage you to wear sunscreen. It has molecules that absorb UV radiation. It then causes the rays to break down and turn into heat, protecting your skin from absorbing the radiation. 

Anytime you're in the sun for prolonged periods, put on sunscreen. In general, you should use one with an SPF of at least 15. When you're in the sun when it's at its peak, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you have a fairer complexion, use a higher SPF. 

Make sure you're using waterproof sunscreen on days when you're in the pool, lake, river, or ocean. Be sure to reapply it regularly. Even if you're not in the water, you should reapply your sunscreen regularly. This ensures it remains on your skin since your sweat can easily cause it to wash away. 

Watch the Time

In addition to limiting your time in the sun, you must also watch what time you're in the sun. As a general rule, the sun is brightest and gives off the most UV radiation between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Therefore, you should stay out of the sun as much as possible during this time. 

Wear a Hat and Sunglasses

Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face from the sun. You should have these on anytime you're in the sun for long periods of time. 

Choose Shade as Much as Possible

Opt to stay in the shade as much as possible when you're outside. While it may not keep all the UV radiation away from your skin, it will shield you from some. 

Both Dr. Hecker and Dr. Hecker encourage you to take steps to prevent skin cancer. And if you notice any suspicious moles or ulcers, contact a dermatologist serving Pompano Beach, FL, Tamarac, FL, or the surrounding vicinity.

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