Find out more about skin cancer and how to take steps to prevent it.
Summer is here and the warm weather calls for plenty of time spent outside. However, it’s important to be wary of the harmful effects of the sun. Damaging ultraviolet rays can cause premature aging of the skin and can cause skin cancer. Be aware of the risks of skin cancer so that you can stay healthy. Here’s what you need to know.
About Skin Cancer.
Skin cancer occurs when there’s abnormal skin cell growth. Abnormal cell growth can happen for many reasons. However, when it comes to skin cancer, exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun can increase your risk. Everyone is at risk and it’s important to pay attention to your skin, especially since the risk for skin cancer increases with age. It is important to know the various kinds of skin cancer, there are three major types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Detecting Skin Cancer.
When it comes to protecting yourself from skin cancer, it’s important that you’re vigilant. Look out for any changes in your skin. Sores that won’t heal, scaly red patches on the skin, a new mole that changes color, changes size, has irregular borders. Take initiative to help prevent skin cancer. The earlier you catch it, the sooner you can treat it.
Preventing Skin Cancer.
When it comes to reducing your risk for skin cancer, it’s important that you have the right tools. Reduce your exposure to the sun. Ensure that you wear plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours. Additionally, it’s important that you wear a hat and sunglasses so that you’re well protected.
Make sure you understand how your insurance plan covers cancer screenings and treatment. SeniorChoices NW can help review your coverage and enroll in a plan that meets your needs, contact us today.