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What are the 3 Most Important Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers but are the most treatable when detected early. Preventing skin cancer altogether can sound challenging, but there are 3 steps you can take to help prevent you from getting skin cancer. 

What are the 3 Most Important Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer? 

Skin cancer prevention can range from changing your daily routine to specific treatments you can schedule. The 3 most important steps are as follows: 

Limiting Direct Sun Exposure

Most skin cancers are from too much exposure to the sun. The ultraviolet or UV rays penetrate the skin directly and can cause damage to individual skin cells. To prevent skin cancer, you can take the following steps to lessen the impact of direct sun exposure: 

  • Finding shade from the sun
  • Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or preferably higher
  • Wearing protective clothing and accessories, such as a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses 

UV rays can even be intense during cool or cloudy days, so adding these easy measures to your daily routine is essential. 

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Skipping the Tanning Bed Session 

Indoor tanning can also cause skin cancer because you will be exposed to higher levels of UV rays. The melanin in your skin darkens in response to exposure to high concentrations of UV rays. While seen as a desirable response to UV rays, tanning is a result of damaging the skin. 

Often indoor tanning devices such as sunbeds or sunlamps can cause serious injury. By skipping your tanning session, you are not only preventing skin cancer but also preventing possible injuries to yourself. 


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Scheduling Annual Skin Cancer Screenings

One of the most critical steps to preventing skin cancer is scheduling annual skin screenings. Once you have reached 35 years old, the risk of skin cancer can increase. Those at a higher risk of skin cancer should talk to their doctor about having multiple skin cancer checks a year. 

Skin cancer screenings are when your doctor performs a physical assessment of your skin. Your doctor will closely inspect any changes in the blemishes on your skin, such as birthmarks and moles. 


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Are you ready to learn more about skin cancer prevention? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. We look forward to meeting you!

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