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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer - How to prevent?

 

Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight is a risk factor that increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer, and we definitely still need sun protection even if we are not outdoors, or on cloudy days, or during travels in wintertime. Sun avoidance and the use of sun protection devices such as hats, umbrella, clothing and sunscreen should be started from young. Self-examination and awareness can help early detection of skin cancer.

Sunscreen should be used every day, and works best when it is applied 15 minutes before going outdoors, and should be reapplied approximately every two hours (or more frequently if you are engaged in water sports or sweating a lot). Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB, with at least SPF 30 or higher, as higher-number SPFs can block slightly more of the sun’s UV rays, but it is important to remember that higher-number SPFs does not give you longer protection without frequent reapplication.  

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