By Dr. Mazin Dhafir
September 03, 2020
Are you concerned about your skin cancer risk?
Whether you’ve had just one bad sunburn in your life or you have very fair skin, there are many factors that can greatly increase your chances of developing skin cancer over a lifetime. Our West Seneca, dermatopathologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir can provide preventive and diagnostic care, as well as treat certain forms of skin cancer.
How do I protect against skin cancer?
You can greatly reduce your risk for developing both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer by following these simple but effective rules every day:
- Apply about two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body and face about 30 minutes before going outside. This rule applies every day, no matter if it’s cloudy, rainy, or snowing out. The sun’s rays can always damage skin no matter what time of year it is.
- Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should also be water-resistant and have an SPF of no less than 15.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, or every two hours.
- Check your skin thoroughly and perform skin self-exams to look for suspicious growth and moles every month. Here are some rules on what to look out for and when to see your dermatologist for a more in-depth evaluation.
- Stay in the shade between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and clothing with tightly woven fabrics to provide further protection for your skin.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Not happy with the treatment plan or results you received from another dermatologist? No problem. Second opinions can provide you with the peace of mind you need to ensure that you are doing the very best you can for your health. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the best ways to treat your skin cancer.