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Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer While out in the Sun

Are you doing everything you can to protect your skin from the sun? Sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer and cause signs of premature aging. Fortunately, you can keep your skin healthy by following these tips and visiting your Batesville, Tipton or Indianapolis, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson.

Stock up on sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen year-round is a simple, effective way to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Your skin can still be damaged even if it doesn't actually burn. Protection is important whether your skin is fair or dark.

During your next Batesville or Tipton shopping trip, be sure to add a tube or bottle of sunscreen to your cart. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends buying a product that offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. SPF 30 sunscreens block 97 percent of the sun's rays.

Don't tan

Do you enjoy sunbathing or visiting tanning salons? Tanning is a sign of damaged skin (even if you never burn) and can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer.

Head for the shade

Hanging out in the shade can help you avoid burns and sun damage. You'll still need to wear sunscreen, especially if you're near reflective surfaces, like sand or snow. If you'll be visiting a beach or park with no shady areas, bring a tent or canopy if permitted.

Keep it covered

Covering up with lightweight, breathable clothing can also help you avoid sun damage if you'll be hiking the trails at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Rashguards, pants and long-sleeve shirts offer added protection for your skin. Some products even come with built-in sun protection. Although the added protection certainly helps, be sure to wear sunscreen too.

Do you have a sun hat? Broad-rimmed hats and baseball caps keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes. Don't forget to put on a pair of sunglasses too. Skin cancer can affect the skin around your eyes, and sun exposure may raise your risk of cataracts. If you can never seem to find your sunglasses when you need them, buy multiple pairs and keep them at home, in the car, and at work.

Whether you're concerned about a suspicious spot or mole or you'd like to look more youthful, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson can help you care for your skin. Schedule an appointment with her by calling (317) 257-1484 for the Indianapolis, IN, office, (800) 303-3228 for the Batesville, IN, office, or (765) 675-1410 for the Tipton, IN, office. Or email us at and [email protected]

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