By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
October 07, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer  

Protect your skin against cancer with these simple steps.

Skin cancer doesn’t just affect people who are fair-skinned or those who have a family history of skin cancer. The fact of the matter is that anyone who spends time in the sun, particularly without sunscreen, could develop skin cancer. With summer in full swing here in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, our dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen want you to be fully protected against skin cancer.

Choose the Right Sunscreen

This is non-negotiable. The best way to protect against the harmful sun’s rays is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Look for one that has at least an SPF of 30 and apply a generous amount to your face and body 20-30 minutes before going outside. Also, make sure to reapply every two hours.

Apply Sunscreen 365 Days a Year

Sunscreen isn’t just for those warm, summer months. The fact is, you need to be wearing sunscreen every day to protect against skin cancer (yes, even on cloudy or wintery Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, days). The sun can easily reflect off snow and penetrate clouds to damage the skin. Play it safe and always wear sunscreen.

Know-How to Spot a Suspicious Mole

You must know what to look for when it comes to a suspicious or changing mole. Moles don’t change much throughout the years so if you notice a mole getting larger, changing shape, or developing different colors then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a dermatologist. Also, if you notice a clear or skin-colored mole develop, or a mole that oozes, crusts over, or bleeds, these are also warning signs of cancer.

Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day

The sun’s rays are at their most powerful between the hours of 10 am-4 pm. So, you may want to wait either until the early morning hours or until the evening to get out into the garden or to mow the lawn. Otherwise, if you must go outside it’s best to wear protective clothing, as well as a hat and glasses, and to seek shade whenever possible.

If you would like to schedule a skin cancer screening, Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic has offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC. Call Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen at (864) 224-7577 for Anderson, (864) 882-7747 for Seneca, or (800) 922-7546 for Abbeville, SC.

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