Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Posted on February 17, 2013

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The best men’s and women’s skin care tips must include how to prevent skin cancer. It is easy to forget to apply sunscreen during the Winter months as it is not as sunny compared to the scorching Summers. But one must remember that harmful UV rays reflect off the snow and the cold blistering wind can wear down your sunscreen. Everyone should continue to wear sun blocks all year round.

Studies have shown that more than 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma

Melanoma skin cancer originates in pigmented cells which begin to grow out of control and eventually spread to other parts of the body. It is however curable by surgical removal if found early however fatal if the melanoma has already metastasized (spread to other parts of your body). Every year in the U.S. there are around 70,000 new reported cases of melanoma. And 8% of them can be cured by surgery (these stats were provided by Dr. Philip Friedlander, the director of the Melanoma Medical Oncology Program at Mount Sinai). What is very interesting is that wearing sunscreen daily can decrease the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by as much as 50%!

So don’t be hasty when you are about to leave the house. The following tips below easily help prevent skin cancer:

– All men and women should apply the best facial sunscreens daily (we recommend a SPF of at least 30).
– One should also do a monthly mole check to spot possible early melanoma formations (look out for spots on your skin that are changing or starting to bleed).
– And one should also consume a lot of Vitamin D since sunscreens block the skin’s natural formation of vitamin D through sun exposure.

Stay safe and healthy and aware!

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