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Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer And What To Look For

How your dermatologists in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, can help protect your skin

 

The sun feels great on your skin, but it’s also doing damage to your skin. Sun exposure contributes to skin cancer, which can be disfiguring, and even deadly. So, how do you protect yourself? The good news is, there is a lot you can do to prevent skin cancer.

Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates offers a wide range of skincare and medical dermatology services, including skin cancer prevention. She has offices in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, to help you.

Did you know that over 3 million people in this country are treated for skin cancer, other than myeloma? This is according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. You don’t need to be one of them.

 

So, how do you prevent skin cancer? There are a few simple, but important things you can do. Remember to:

Apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher daily

Apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you are outside for an extended period of time

Avoid being in direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, when ultraviolet rays are most damaging

Wear protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses

Avoid tanning booths

 

You should also do a self-check of your skin regularly, especially your moles. Pay attention to any mole that has:

An irregular, ragged border

A diameter that is larger than 6 millimeters

An asymmetrical shape

 

You need to also look for:

New moles or moles that have grown back after the previous removal

Moles that look different from your other moles

Moles that are red, painful, itchy, oozing, or bleeding

 

Skin cancer is a risky business, especially if you have fair skin, freckles, or have a family history of skin cancer. You can protect yourself by visiting your dermatologist regularly.

 

Find out more about skin cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson of Dermatology Associates, with offices in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, at (317) 257-1484, or email the office at [email protected]. Contact Dr. Campbell Johnson today!

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