How to Prevent Skin Cancer

     Skin cancer is the most common, and one of the most preventable type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Every year there are more new cases of skin cancer reported than colon, lung, prostate and breast combined. While melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer, it is far less common than Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCC/SCC). The risk of melanoma is increased in people who have a history of multiple blistering sunburns. On the other hand, BCCS’s and SCC’s usually occur at sites of chronic sun damage like the face, scalp and arms, but may occur at any body site. The good news is that skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable.

If skin cancer runs in your family or you feel like you’re at risk of developing it, here are a few simple steps to help prevent, or at least detect and treat your skin cancer early.

 

Author
Dr. Ife Rodney

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