Skin Cancer and Prevention Tips- Bay Dermatology

February 21, 2022

Our Florida sunshine is both a blessing and a curse. Recent studies by the American Cancer Society show that Florida ranks second in the continental United States for the highest number of skin cancer cases. Fortunately, skin cancer is preventable and highly curable with early detection. In this article, our Bay Dermatology experts discuss tips on how to keep your skin safe.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Too much harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun ages the skin and causes skin cancer. People who have fair skin, are prone to sunburn, or have excessive UV light exposure have a higher risk. However, skin cancer is preventable through the adoption of healthy habits.

The following are 5 skin cancer and early detection tips from experts at Bay Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery.

Remain in the Shade from 10 to 4

As much as possible, avoid direct sunlight exposure between 10 and 4. Midday hours are harshest on the skin, so it’s best to stay in the shade whenever you can. Furthermore, keep in mind that windows allow sunlight to shine on your skin, even while riding in a car or sitting at home.

Use a Good Sunscreen

The daily use of a broad spectrum UVA and UVB  sunscreen with an SPF of 15 can prevent skin cancer by blocking harmful UV light.  Thoroughly applying sunscreen liberally each day greatly reduces your skin cancer risk and keeps your skin looking youthful. When outdoors, apply a thick layer of sunscreen and reapply consistently when swimming or sweating.

Cover Your Skin

If you must be out in the sun, limit the amount of skin you expose to the light. Wearing hats with wide brims keeps your face and the back of the neck away from the sun. In addition, long sleeves and leg coverings with a thick weave shield your limbs from the sunlight, preventing sunburns.

Avoid a Sun Tan

A sun tan raises the chances of skin cancer and future skin damage. What’s more, tanning beds aren’t a better alternative to sunlight. The use of tanning beds raises the risk of cancer by 75%. Simply put, a tan looks great today but could result in skin damage tomorrow.

Check for Signs of Skin Cancer

Use the acronym ABCDE when checking your skin for skin cancer. Does your skin have a mole or spot that

  • Is Asymmetrical?
  • Has an irregular Border?
  • Is Changing color?
  • Has a quickly growing Diameter?
  • Is Evolving?

Routine Checks

Remember to see your Tampa dermatologist routinely for skin checks. Report any ABCDE-type abnormalities right away, before they worsen. Early detection greatly improves a person’s treatment outcome. Not only is prevention and identification essential, but getting to know your skin is, too. Inspect your skin daily to become familiar with how it normally appears, and adopt healthy skin habits.

Voted Tampa’s # 1 Dermatologist 3 years in a row,  our board certified dermatologist have been trusted for over 30 years to the health and beauty of your skin . Contact us at (727)-585-8591.

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