Dr. Barney Kenet, a dermatologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the author of Saving Your Skin shares advice on how to fight against skin cancer.
- Wear sunblock and protective clothing. Reapply sunblock frequently, at least every few hours, using block witrh a minimum SPF of 15. If possible, wear SPF-protective clothing. (If light can filter through clothes, so can harmful rays!)
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and UVA/UVB protective sunglasses.
- Stay out of the sun during peak hours, 11 am-4 pm.
- Have an annual skin check if you are over 40. If you are between the ages of 20 and 40, have your skin examined every three years.
- Self-Examination: You should see a dermatologist if any of the following are true about a mole you have:
Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other.
Border Irregularity: The edges of the mole are ragged or notched.
Irregular Color: The mole may contain differing shades of tan, brown or black; sometimes, patches of red, blue or white.
Large Diameter: A mole is wider than 6 mm.
Signs And Symptoms Of Skin Cancer:
- Any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth.
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule.
- The spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark.
- A change in sensation of a mole, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain.
Other Sun Risks: Wrinkles and cataracts
Sun Sensitizing Medications:
Birth control pills and some other medicines, like Retin-A, Paxil, Benadryl, Motrin and even antibiotics, like Cipro, make people more sensitive to the sun.