Prevent Skin Cancer. Here’s How

These are common lesions of the skin considered to be the earliest stage in skin cancer development. Further changes in cell growth can turn AKS into a type of skin cancer know as Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Use sunscreen every day

>  Broad spectrum and at least an SPF 30

>  Apply 30 minutes prior to exposure

>  Re-apply every 2 hours when outdoors

>  Don’t forget your scalp, ears, neck and back of hands

Remember sunscreen is a great first line of defence, but needs to be accompanied by other sun safe practices.

Avoid sunbeds

>  Use of a sunbed at least once a month increases skin cancer risk by 55%

>  This risk is increased for those using sunbeds from their 20’s

>  Spray on or self-tans are your safe alternative

Plan around peak sun hours

>  Avoid outdoor activities between 10am – 4pm

>  UV intensity is determined by ray’s angles not temperature

Do a regular mole check

>  Stand naked in front of a mirror and use a handheld mirror to see difficult places, starting with your face and working your way down

>  Visit www.saveourskin.co.za for more indepth step-by-step self-examination details

>  Look out for any changes in moles especially new black-coloured moles, changes in size, shape, colour or feel

>  Make an appointment with your dermatologist should there be changes

Ensure you don’t burn

>  Sunburn can manifest as skin cancer years later

>  Skin cancer risk doubles with more than 5 sunburns in your lifetime

>  Enjoy the sun, but do so wisely

Choose the right clothing

>  Darker colours and tightly woven fabrics are better options – especially silk and polyester

>  Ideally choose certified, tested fabrics with a UPF rating (www.saveourskin.co.za)

Don a hat

>  Choose a rim of 4 or more inches

>  The right hat reduces UV exposure by 70% for neck and head

>  Avoid straw hats that aren’t finely woven

Get serious about sunglasses

>  Eyes aren’t immune to skin cancer – ocular skin cancer is on the increase

>  Choose certified, tested sunglasses

>  Wraparound sunglasses and large frames offer the best protection

Protect your luscious lips

>  Keep lips moist and protected with a broadspectrum lipbalm carrying an SPF30

>  Beware – lip gloss can intensify UV damage

Beware of reflective rays

>  Water, sand and concrete all provide a platform for reflective rays

>  Protect yourself at all times, even whilst in shade or on a wintery day