4 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Skin cancer can occur at any age, it doesn't only affect those that worship the sun or work outdoors on a daily basis. Skin cancer can be treated if caught early enough, or it could prove deadly if not caught in time and treated properly. To help you prevent skin cancer in the first place, there are a few things you should be doing. Read on for helpful information to prevent skin cancer at any age.

1. Stay Covered

Keep your skin covered when out in the sunlight. Lying out in the sun is not something you should be doing. You should have your skin covered when outside and protect your skin with clothing. Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light in color to cover yourself when out in the sun and to stay cool. Skin that is left uncovered and open to the sun's harmful rays can leave you open to skin cancer.

2. Wear Sunscreen

Make sure you are wearing sunscreen when out in the sun, no matter if it's winter or summer. The sun may not feel as warm in the winter months, but the rays are just as harmful. Wear SPF of at least 50 when out in the sun. Pay attention to the sensitive areas of your skin such as the face, ears, back of the neck, the chest, and shoulders. Reapply sunscreen after you've been sweaty or after swimming. Even if your sunscreen says it is waterproof or water-resistant, you need to reapply. Reapply your sunscreen every hour at least, even if you didn't swim or get sweaty.

3. Stay Out Of The Sun

Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is when the sun is the hottest and the rays are the strongest. If you work out in the sun, try your best to keep yourself out of the sun by keeping your body and your face covered. Wearing a hat will also help keep the sun off of your face or off of your neck.

4. Have Moles Checked

Make sure you have your moles checked by the dermatologist, especially any that have changed shape or that has changed in size or color. You should be checking your moles often, paying close attention to these changes. If you've spotted any changes that you are not sure of, you should have them checked and tested. 

Skin cancer doesn't care about your age; it can affect anyone. Protect yourself against the sun's harmful rays and make an appointment with a dermatologist if you have any spots on your skin that are questionable to have them checked