Preventing Skin Cancer

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The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you:

  • Slip into a long-sleeved shirt
  • Slap on a hat
  • Slop on some sunscreen

Sunlight is the underlying cause for most skin cancers — chronic sun exposure for nonmelanomas and intermittent, intense sunlight for melanoma.

Avoiding the sun is key to preventing skin cancer. Not all incidences of skin cancer can be prevented, but there are some things you can do to lessen your risk of getting cancer of the skin.

Guidelines for Preventing Skin Cancer

To reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Scott & White Skin Cancer Team recommend that you:

  • Have abnormal moles removed
  • Reduce your ultraviolet (UV) exposure
  • Wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Wear protective gear when outdoors
    • Long-sleeved clothing or fabric with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning beds and artificial tanners
  • Avoid reflective surfaces
    • Water
    • Sand
    • Concrete
    • White-painted surfaces

The Scott & White Skin Cancer Team further recommends that you stay out of the summer Texas sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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