Preventing Skin Cancer

After you’ve been treated for skin cancer, your doctor should schedule regular follow-up visits to make sure the cancer has not recurred.

Your physician, can’t prevent a recurrence. You must reduce your risks by changing old habits and developing new ones.

(These preventive measures apply to people who have not had skin cancer as well.)

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. And 2 p.m. and during the summer months.  It’s important to also remember that ultraviolet rays pass right through water and clouds, and reflect off sand and snow.

When you do go outside for an extended period of time, wear protective clothing such as wide brimmed hats and long sleeves.

On any exposed skin, always use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Remember to reapply it frequently, especially after you’ve been swimming or sweating.

Finally, examine your skin regularly. If you find anything suspicious, consult Dr. Lesavoy or a dermatologist as soon as possible.

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