Summer is coming to an end and we hope yours has been full of beach days, barbecues, long hikes, and relaxing times by the pool. However, when you have fun in the sun, you also run the risk of skin cancer if you aren’t properly protected.
Think it won’t happen to you? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one out of every five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime.
That’s why September is an ideal time to schedule your annual skin check with Western New York Dermatology. It’s important to get an annual skin check, because your dermatologist ensures that any problem spots will be caught early. It’s an important step for your health and your peace of mind.
What Causes Skin Cancer?
For the most part, skin cancer is the result of damage and UV radiation from the sun, which is why it’s important to wear sunscreen whenever you’re going to be outside, even on cloudy days. Even if you’re religious about sunscreen application and avoid tanning beds, an annual skin check is still important, because some skin cancers result from genetic factors.
How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?
- Steer clear of tanning beds and tanning outdoors
- Whenever you go outside, use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and reapply every two hours
- Suit up in sun-protective clothing, and wear a hat that covers your face and ears
- Wear sunglasses outdoors
- Schedule an annual skin check at Western New York Dermatology