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Skin Cancer and Prevention

With summer officially upon us, you will likely be spending more time outdoors. While you enjoy the warmer weather and the other great benefits that this season has to offer, now is also a great time to touch on skin cancer. As the most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer is also one of the easiest to prevent. Below, are some helpful tips to help protect you from developing skin cancer.

Young woman applying sunscreen to her shoulderSunscreen

Of course you know about sunscreen and the basis of how it works, but do you know how often you’re supposed to be using it? According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be applied to the skin on a daily basis. To fully protect your skin, use a broad spectrum sunscreen, as it wards off both UVA and UVB rays.

Beautiful woman with long hair wearing sunglassesWear Sunglasses

The sun’s harmful rays can also cause cancer in the eyes known as ocular skin cancer. Shielding your eyes with sunglasses not only averts this type of skin cancer, but also preserves your vision as well. When deciding on a pair that is suitable for protection, choose sunglasses that are wrap-around styled and deemed safe by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Woman sitting on the beach in the shade of an umbrella

Avoid Tanning

With the craze of tanning beds over the last few years, many individuals can now get that summer glow without ever stepping outdoors. However, various studies have proven that tanning beds pose the same risks as the sun when it comes to skin cancer. If you still wish to have sun-kissed skin without soaking in the sun, then sunless tanning lotions and sprays are a safer route to go.

If you already developed some any cancerous skin lesion, Dr. Alex Masbahi can help. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma can easily be treated under local anesthesia at his state-of-the-art practice.

To schedule your consultation with our Virginia based board-certified plastic surgeon, we welcome you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Enjoy your summer!