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skin-cancer

Skin cancer prevention has never been easier—or more important. Over the past 30 years, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than with all other cancers combined. Yet as sunscreens and protective clothing become more wearable and effective, skin cancer prevention is becoming second nature to many. “A few seconds a day could save your life,” said pro golfers who have incorporated applying sunscreen as part of their pre-game ritual. Here’s how you can do the same:

Use sunscreen—a lot

Applying sunscreen properly means putting on more of it – and more often – than you probably have been. Patting on a little as you get into the car and thinking you’re good for the day just isn’t real skin cancer protection. Put it on any exposed skin a full half hour before going out, so that it has a chance to sink into your skin, and apply it every two hours. Use plenty – most people need about an ounce per application, or the amount that would fill a shot glass. Regular daily use of SPF 30 or higher cuts your risk of melanoma by 50%. We like EltaMD.

Use lip protectant

Don’t forget the sensitive skin on your lips. Get a good lip balm or gloss with SPF 30 or higher.

Seek shade or bring your own

Find shade wherever you can to minimize sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm Additionally, create your own coverage with hats, sleeves and pants, preferably in sun-protective fabrics. Even when you’re driving you’re exposed to harmful UV rays—protect yourself and your family in the car by applying a tinted UV-protective film to the glass on your side and back windows. You will still need sunscreen with these additional measures—just incorporate it into your daily routine to keep both signs of aging and various forms of skin cancer at bay.

If you have any questions about skin cancer protection or new products and treatments you’d like to add to your regimen, call us at 512.379.6090 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.