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Excessive exposure to the sun and its
ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer. You can
reduce your risk for skin cancer by:
You can take steps to protect your skin from UV radiation. While sunscreen plays a vital role
in protecting your skin from UV radiation, it can't prevent skin damage if you
are exposed to the sun's rays for long periods of time. Experts recommend that
you use multiple methods to fully protect your skin.
Preventing skin cancer isn't always possible. But being alert for new spots or skin growths and having your doctor check your skin regularly may help find skin cancer early when it can be more easily treated.
A child's skin is more sensitive to the sun than an
adult's skin and is more easily burned. Babies younger than 6 months should
always be completely shielded from the sun. Children 6 months and older should
have their skin protected from too much sun exposure.
can be cured if found and treated early. If it is not discovered or treated
until too late, it can spread throughout the body and may be fatal. Skin cancer
often appears on the trunk of men and on the legs of women. Learn your ABCDEs,
the changes in a mole or skin growth that are warning signs of melanoma:
Skin cancer, including
melanoma, is curable if spotted early. A careful skin exam may identify
suspicious growths that may be cancer or growths that may develop into skin
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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