With summer upon us, make sure you are taking extra care to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays. Skin cancer accounts for half of all cancer cases in the United States. There are easy ways to protect yourself against this menace:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before you go outdoors, even on cloudy days.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing.
- Pay attention to changes in your skin's color, texture and feeling, including itching, tenderness, pain, bleeding, oozing, scaliness or moles with irregular shapes, borders or colors.
- Perform a monthly skin cancer self-exam. See your doctor on a regular basis for skin cancer screenings.
If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer prevention, contact Saddleback Memorial Medical Center at (949) 837-4500.