Prevention Tips

  1. It’s best to stay out of the sun from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. whenever you can. 
  2. Be aware that ultraviolet radiation, or UV rays, are reflected by sand, water, snow and ice. So it’s important to dress accordingly to protect yourself.
  3. UV radiation can go through light clothing, windshields, windows and clouds. If you’re in the sun, wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses.
  4. Use sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30 to help prevent skin cancer. Broad-spectrum sunscreens, that block both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, are best.
  5. Reapply sunscreen frequently.
  6. Use sunscreen year-round, even in winter.
  7. Stay away from sunlamps and DO NOT use tanning booths.
  8. Learn your family medical history and share it with your provider. A family history of skin cancer may increase your risk of developing the condition.
  9. Talk to your provider about your personal medical history. A history of previous skin cancers may increase the risk of developing them again.
  10. Learn the proper steps and procedures for a self-exam. Regularly check your skin from head to toe. Don’t forget to check all areas of the skin, including the back, the scalp, between the buttocks and genital area. By checking your skin regularly, you will become familiar with what is normal for you. It may be helpful to record the dates of your skin exams and to write notes about the way your skin looks. If you find anything unusual, see your provider right away.