Choose the right sunscreen with care
If you have to expose yourself to the sun, choose a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, effective against UVA and UVB, and with SPF 15 or higher. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and gradually increase your exposure to the sun. A “waterproof” sunscreen provides protection twice as long as a “water resistant” sunscreen. Most importantly, do not overdo the time of exposure to the sun.
Check the skin regularly
After showering, examine the entire body, including the toes. Familiarizing yourself with your own birthmarks, spots, and blemishes helps you identify potentially dangerous changes and new marks on your next scan. Remember that 95% of skin cancers are treatable when detected early.
Pay attention to danger signs
Follow the tips below to identify signs of melanoma – the deadliest type of skin cancer. Stay tuned for:
- Asymmetry – the two halves of the area can be different in shape.
- Edges – they can be irregular or indistinct and sometimes have cuts.
- Color – can be uneven. Different shades of black, brown, and pink can be seen.
- Diameter – most melanomas are at least 6 mm in diameter. Inform your doctor of any change in size, shape, or diameter.
Be extra careful with the sun if you take medication
Many remedies make the skin more sensitive to sun damage. So if you are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods, check with your doctor about medications that can increase your vulnerability.