Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.
The best way to find skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage is by checking your skin regularly and having a dermatologist perform a focused skin cancer screening.
DOs and DON'Ts of Skin Cancer Prevention
- DO check your skin regularly for odd-looking new moles or changes in old moles. Call your health care provider if you find any.
- DO have your health care provider do a complete check of your skin at least yearly.
- DO avoid tanning booths.
- DO a skin self-examination at least once monthly. Look at all moles on your body or any new moles that have developed.
- DO use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) more than 30, which provides the best protection.
- DON’T stay out in the sun for long periods, especially if you burn easily.
- DON’T delay calling your health care provider if you see a mole that has changed or one that looks different.
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