In honor of skin cancer awareness month, DEEP BLUE MED SPA would like to take this opportunity to recommend the following prevention guidelines:
- Seek shade: Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen: Use an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours.
- Avoid UV tanning booths: Tanning booths increase your risk of skin cancer by 74%.
- Cover up with clothing: Wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your head, face and shoulders. Sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses are important in protecting your eyes.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month: Self-exams shouldn’t replace your annual skin exam performed by a physician, however, they offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, take action and protect yourself.