Skin Cancer Prevention
- Apply sunscreen every day you are going to be outside. We recommend SPF 30 or higher and reapplying after exposure to water and/or every two hours. Make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. Apply one ounce to your entire body. Make sure sunscreen is labeled broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB)
- Wear sun protective clothing and hats outdoors
- Newborn babies are extra sensitive to the sun and should be kept in the shade as much as possible until they reach six months of age, when sunscreen may be applied
- NEVER use tanning beds. Sunless tanners and bronzers are safe alternatives.
- Ingredients matter. Ask us about any skin products you have questions or concerns about. We can help you pick out sunscreens, SPF makeup, sunless tanners, and more.
Skin Cancer Detection
The warning signs of Melanoma- the ABCDE’s
An uneven shape; one half is unlike the other
Irregular, jagged, or any poorly defined border
Multiple colors varying from one area to another; shades of black, brown, white, tan, blue, or red.
Melanomas are typically greater than 6mm in size, which is roughly the size of a pencil eraser. However, they can sometimes be smaller.
Any change in the mole or skin coloring/lesion that begins to look different from the rest; a change in size, shape, or color
Other Types of Skin Cancer
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma- is the second most common form of skin cancer. It’s usually found on the areas of the body that have been damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma- develops in the basal cells, which are the cells within the skin that produce new skin. This type of skin cancer typically forms on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, like your head and neck.
- Dysplastic Nevus- are atypical moles that are noncancerous. These moles may resemble melanoma when using the ABCDE’s, however, they are noncancerous. People who have dysplastic nevus are often at higher risk of developing melanoma or a mole somewhere else on the body.
- Actinic Keratosis- is also known as solar keratosis and is a crusty, scaly growth caused by UV radiation damage. These spots are typically found on the face, lips, ears, bald scalp, shoulders, neck, back of the hands, and forearms.