How your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, can help you prevent skin cancer
Skin cancer is common. In fact, one in five people in this country will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect your skin against skin cancer, and your dermatologist can help. Here at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph N. Myers Jr. offers a wide range of skincare services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer—read on to learn more.
The Basics on Skin Cancer
You are at greater risk of developing skin cancer if you have light skin, freckles, light hair, and blue or green eyes, but the truth is, anyone can develop skin cancer. Fortunately, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, taking a few simple precautions can go a long way toward preventing skin cancer. Remember to:
- Avoid long periods in the sun
- Avoid using tanning booths
- Avoid being in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Wear sun-blocking clothing including sunglasses and hats
- Apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher every day
- Apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you are outside for long periods
You should also perform a self-examination of your skin regularly, at least every week or month. Check for moles which have:
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
- Irregular, ragged borders
- An asymmetrical shape
- Changed in color, size, or shape
You should also pay attention to any new moles which have reappeared after previous removal, or any moles that are irritated, scaling, or bleeding.
Additionally, don’t forget to visit your dermatologist regularly for a professional skin examination. Remember that early diagnosis leads to early treatment and a better outcome for you.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
The effects of sun exposure are cumulative and start when you are young. To learn more about skin cancer signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, call Dr. Joseph N. Myers Jr. of Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, at (843) 769-2100. Call now and protect your skin!