Protect Your Skin Against Skin Cancer
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, every year, over three million Americans are diagnosed with basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Fortunately, most skin cancers are highly treatable when detected early. Here at Applegarth Dermatology in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN, Dr. William Applegarth and his team offer skin cancer screenings and treatment. Read on to learn some of the most ways that you can fortify yourself from developing this dangerous condition.
Know Your Skin Cancer Risk
Skin cancer can happen to anyone, but some people are at a greater risk due to factors like hair, eye, and skin tone, number of existing moles, family history of melanoma, and being prone to sunburn. Dermatologists recommend that if you have moles, check them on a regular basis and schedule an appointment for a check-up if you notice any changes like:
- A mole that changes size or color
- Asymmetrical shape or uneven borders
- Brand new moles
- Bleeding or crusty moles
If you're in a high-risk group for skin cancer or have any suspicious-looking moles, you may need to receive regular screenings.
Skin Cancer Prevention
The most important thing you can do to lower your risk of skin cancer is to avoid excessive UV exposure from the sun, and wear protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun for a few hours (especially during the peak hours of 10 AM-4 PM). Additionally, tanning beds are not safer than natural sun exposure, so they should be avoided as well.
Remember to reapply your sunscreen on a regular basis, especially if you go swimming or are sweating. You should also wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy or overcast days. You may not feel the sun's UV rays as intensely as on warm and sunny days, but they're still there and can harm your skin.
Find a Dermatologist in Valparaiso and La Porte, IN
For more information about skin cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. Dial (219) 548-0360 for our Valparaiso office, or (219) 362-0161 for our La Porte location.