Skin cancer

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

Excessive exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer. UVA and UVB rays are the two types of UV rays that can damage a person’s skin and eyes. Long-term effects of exposure may also include premature aging and wrinkling. Certain factors may increase your risk of developing skin cancer:

  • A personal or family history of skin cancer.
  • Abnormal moles (atypical moles), or moles larger than 6mm (0.2 in), about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Fair skin that burns or freckles easily.

2. Do this

Avoiding skin cancer can be as simple as protecting your skin and taking a good look at it regularly. Experts recommend that you use multiple methods to fully protect your skin.

  • Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of UV radiation, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear protective clothing with tightly woven fabric and hats that protect the face and neck.
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher throughout the year on both cloudy and clear days.

3. Use this

Use the following Best Health offering to get tips and support to help you prevent skin cancer.

  • Online skin health learning module – Learn about skin care and recommendations for skin cancer screenings.
  • Online health library – Learn more about skin cancer and other conditions, get tips to improve your overall well-being, and access articles and videos on health and wellness topics.

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Current as of: October 19, 2020. Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine