How Can Skin Cancer Be Prevented?Friday, June 29, 2012 - 13:20
The most important preventive measure is to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight damages the genetic material DNA in skin cell genes. This increases the risk that a normal cell will start growing abnormally and become cancerous. UV rays also damage the structure of the skin in ways that cause premature skin aging and wrinkling.
Prevention must begin in childhood. That's because most people get about 50% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18.
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Practical measures to prevent skin cancer include:
People with close relatives who developed
How to do a skin self-exam
Your chances of finding skin cancer can be improved by performing a regular simple skin test.
Check your entire body, not just the readily visible areas. This check should include the back, the scalp, between the buttocks, and the genital area. This should take no more than 15 minutes.
By checking your skin regularly, you will become familiar with what is normal. If you find anything unusual, see your doctor right away. Remember, the earlier skin cancer is found, the better the chance for cure.