Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

People are becoming more aware of skin cancer, and pre cancerous and cancerous skin disease. They have started gaining more knowledge about such threatening skin diseases. They know that early detection of skin cancer disease can help curing it completely. Some of them also know that most skin cancers are preventable as well. Prevention comes first then detection! Yes, we can prevent skin cancer diseases by gaining knowledge about it and following the precautions. We can protect ourselves by following these skin cancer prevention tips:

• The main and most common cause of skin cancer is skin exposure to sunlight. Harmful UV rays are hazardous for skin. People know this fact and they are following precautions as well such as they use sunscreen lotion or cream with SPF 30 or more before they go out in sun, or when it is a too sunny day. They cover their exposed body areas with clothing. Also, they wear sunglasses and hats. But, one important point to note here is, even when it is not a too sunny day and sunrays are not so strong, UV rays are present and can harm skin! So it is better to be careful.

• People should avoid tanning beds. Actually tanning beds use light and this light emit UV rays. This can increase the risk of skin cancer.
• Some sun-sensitizing medications such as some common prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including antibiotics, can make skin more sensitive to sunlight. And, it can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
• One of the most important points that everyone should follow is to check your skin regularly. And, if you report any changes in or to your skin you should without-delay report it to your doctor. You can perform self-skin-cancer-check or examine at home. You need to check for any new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks.

For this, you need to know your skin well. You can simply perform this self-skin-check-examination with the help of mirrors (big and hand-held), proper light-conditions. You need to check your face, neck, ears and scalp and your chest and trunk, and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. You need to check the front and back of your legs, and your feet, including the soles and the spaces between your toes. All body parts or areas are to be checked and examined, your genital areas as well. You can go to skin-cancer-expert or to your doctor to get the full-body examination done. In NSW, variety of medical assistance and services are offered to all patients (skin cancer patients) by experts in skin cancer clinics.

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