Health Tips

7 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

1. Get an annual checkup

Annual dermatology visits are a good way to keep track of skin changes. “The key is that skin cancer can look very harmless if you do not know what to look for.” says Dr. Angela Lamb, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

2. Wear sunblock every day

Just because it’s cloudy, doesn’t mean you should ditch the sunscreen. It is particularly important when UV index is the highest, which is usually between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. Avoid tanning bed

The radiation from indoor tanning beds is sometimes stronger than radiation from the sun. This can cause skin cell mutations, explains Dr. Gary Goldenberg, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

4. Wear protective clothing

Seek for sun protective clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor – or UPF. Clothing with UPF 50 means that one in 50 of the sun’s rays reach the skin.

Source: U.S.News - 7 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer