Cancer and illness are scary things. We all want to make sure we are being as healthy as possible without going overboard. You should be taking the right steps today for a better, healthier you tomorrow. Some illnesses aren’t preventable, they come with our genetics and they have to be fought when they are caught. There are some illnesses and cancers that can help be prevented before they have a chance to cultivate. Skin cancer is on the rise in our society and we should be making sure we are taking the right measures to prevent skin cancer on our bodies. Listed below are steps we are able to take to reduce the risk of skin cancer and ways to keep our bodies healthier, making a happier you!
Reduce Sun Exposure
UV rays are at their peak between 11am and 4pm. If you decide to do any outdoor physical activities, the best times to do so is before and after these times. It is also a good idea to use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more that contain both UVA and UVB protection if you are going to be out in the sun at any time through the day.
Avoid Tanning Salons
UVB radiation from tanning lights is one of the main causes of skin cancer and also contributes to premature skin aging. The lights used for tanning are usually 2-5 times stronger than natural sunlight. There are many alternatives to tanning like products that you can easily find at your local drug stores and not to mention it will not only save you from damaging your skin but also save you time!
Regular Skin Checks
You can examine your moles and freckles every month to see if you notice any changes. This could mean change in color, growth, texture, feeling, if they begin to itch or bleed, things along those lines. If you do notice any changes you should call your doctor’s office to get an appointment and have the area of concern checked out as soon as possible.
Medications You Are On
Some over the counter and prescribed medications can make your skin sensitive to sunlight, making it easier for your skin to acquire sun spots and burns. This will leave you at a higher risk for getting skin cancer. It is best to make sure you check the prescription details to be aware if you are on any medication that may make your skin more susceptible to skin cancer.
Here are some signs to look out for
-a mole or spot discoloration that suddenly appears or starts to change
-a sore that does not heal and becomes irritated
-areas in your skin that become itchy, bleed, red, or are bumpy
-tenderness, change in sensation or pain
-growth of a sun spot, mole or other growth