Did you know that the most common cancer worldwide is skin cancer? Fortunately, if skin cancer is detected in its earliest stages, it is highly curable. Here at the office of dermatologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we can diagnose your condition and recommend prompt treatment for it. Meanwhile, here are practical tips to protect yourself against skin cancer:
Wear Sunscreen Every Time You Go Out
Sunscreens play an immensely crucial role in filtering out harmful UV rays that could cause cancer. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and 30 SPF at least, even when it’s cloudy outside. Apply a generous amount on all of your exposed skin parts and reapply as needed, especially if you are sweating or swimming.
Avoid Sun Exposure Between the Hours of 10 AM and 4 PM
Your body absorbs ultraviolet or UV rays all-year-round. Avoiding exposure to the sun’s rays when they’re at their strongest will help reduce your risk of developing sunburn that could result in skin damage and elevate your skin cancer risk.
Always Wear Protective Clothing
For added protection against harsh UV rays, you should safeguard your skin by wearing tightly-woven and dark-colored clothing items that can shield your legs and arms. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses will also offer extra protection.
Stay Away From Tanning Beds
The lights utilized in tanning beds discharge UV rays that could raise your skin cancer risk.
Examine Your Skin Thoroughly and Regularly
There’s a broad range of skin cancer symptoms depending on which skin cancer type you have. In general, however, these symptoms typically include skin changes that don’t seem to go away, skin ulcers/sores, discolored skin, and alterations to existing moles, such as enlargement or jagged borders. You should also make it a habit to check your skin for new growths or any kind of change in freckles, moles, birthmarks, and bumps. Have your doctor examine any changes that seem suspect.
For Questions or Concerns About Skin Cancer and Other Skin Problems, Call Us.
Dial (716) 674-1180 to schedule an evaluation with your dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, here at our practice in West Seneca, NY.