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Skin cancer is mostly caused from too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, although man-made UV sources like tanning beds and sun lamps can also lead to skin cancer. There is no such thing as safe UV rays. Prolonged exposure to them increases your risk for skin cancer. All skin types and colors can be negatively affected by the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, sunburns increase the risk of melanoma (and other skin cancer). This isn’t the only indicator of sun damage, though. Damage can occur even without a sunburn.
You can follow some simple guidelines for protecting your skin when you will be outdoors. You can also be proactive in prevention and early detection of skin cancer with skin self-checks. Regularly examine your skin, or ask your caregiver, partner, spouse, or close acquaintance to assist you with examining your skin. Most doctors recommend monthly self-checks. Your doctor can help you determine how often you should be checking your skin.
Getting to know your skin will make it easier to notice changes and growths that need to be medically evaluated. Routine self-exams are important for everyone, and especially important for individuals who are considered high-risk for skin cancer. Some risk factors include a family history of skin cancer, previous skin cancer, reduced immunity, and those who get a lot of UV exposure from outdoor occupations and activities. Remember that not all skin cancers look the same. Some can even look like other skin conditions. Although they are most common on the parts of the body that tend to get the most sun, they can occur anywhere on the body.
Visit the American Cancer Society for more information on how to identify skin cancer. Spending time outdoors is healthy and necessary for daily life. Armed with the proper habits and protection methods, you can fight skin cancer and thrive.
DISCLAIMER: This article contains information that is intended to help the readers be better informed regarding exercise and health care. It is presented as general advice on health care. Always consult your doctor for your individual needs. Before beginning any new exercise program it is recommended that you seek medical advice from your personal physician. This article is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of a licensed physician. The reader should consult with their doctor in any matters relating to his/her health.