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How to prevent skin cancer easily

Did you know that skin cancer can be easily prevented? Discover some simple guidelines and tips that will help you in its daily prevention, especially in summer.

Sometimes it appears as a bump, sore, blemish, mark, or unusual change in the appearance of the skin. At other times it is a mole that changes size, shape, texture or color. It can be a skin cancer, so in the face of the slightest change it is best to go to the dermatologist as soon as possible, or do it at least once a year to control the moles that we have on our body.

The truth is that during the summer the risks of skin cancer increase considerably, since  prolonged and continuous exposure to the sun’s rays becomes a risk of contracting this type of cancer, especially if you do not the appropriate precautions are taken and in addition the sun is taken in the least recommended hours of the day (considered the most dangerous, and therefore of greatest risk).

And now that we are in summer, it is always a great opportunity to discover how we can prevent skin cancer. Did you know that it is possible to do it right away, following just a few simple, simple and easy tips? Take note, the health of your skin is very important:

1. Always protect your skin

  • Before leaving home: especially in summer and when you are going to spend a few hours away from home. It is recommended to always put it on half an hour before going outside.
  • Before sunbathing: obviously, not when you are already on the beach or in the pool, but before leaving the house. In this sense, it is recommended to put on sunscreen half an hour before sunbathing.
  • Apply sunscreen every two hours: if you find yourself sunbathing, but you haven’t gotten into the water, it is advisable to renew your photo protector every 2 hours.
  • Renew the sun cream every time you get out of the water: although it is common for most photo protectors to form a protective film so that the effect of the sun cream does not disappear when you enter the water, it is advisable to always renew it.

2. Choose the most suitable sunscreen for your skin

For the sun cream to fulfill its function, it is very important to know what level of protection we should apply to our skin.

For this, it may be useful to follow the following examples:

  • If you have very light skin that never tans and burns easily, your protection index should be higher than 50.
  • If you have skin that tans but burns easily, your protection index is between 25 and 40.
  • If you have skin that tans easily, your protection index is between 15 and 25.

3. Avoid the most dangerous hours of the day

Always avoid sunbathing during the most dangerous hours of the day: between 12 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon (in this sense, some dermatologists even consider it more advisable not to sunbathe after 10 in the morning).

Protect yourself from the direct sun by finding a shady spot, wearing an approved hat or cap and sunglasses, and using a good umbrella.

4. Avoid tanning beds

Although they have been popular for years, the truth is that a higher risk of skin cancer has been found in those who tan their skin regularly through sunbeds.

In fact, did you know that these tanning beds emit ultraviolet rays 10 times stronger than if you were exposed to direct sun?

5. The importance of early detection

Early detection is always essential. For this reason, it is advisable that you periodically check your body, especially to notice if a mole or blemish has suddenly appeared, or if one that you already had changes in size and color.

It is also advisable to go to the dermatologist at least once a year, which will perform a routine examination.

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