Find out how you can protect your skin from cancer and when to visit us for a screening.
The minute the sun comes out and the weather is nice, people flock outside to bask in the sun and soak up a little vitamin D; however, how many people do you think actually put on sunscreen before going outside? Better yet, how many people do you think bring sunscreen with them to reapply it? Chances are—not a lot of people. If you want to truly protect your skin from cancer, our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., weighs in on what you should be doing.
Find Some Shade: While the purpose may be to go outside and enjoy the sun, you can still do that while also seeking refuge under a beach umbrella or a restaurant awning to protect your skin. And if you are concerned about getting enough vitamin D, you really don’t need to spend much time soaking up the sun’s rays to get what you need.
Wear Tightly Woven Clothes: If you are looking for clothes that will protect you from the sun then you’ll want to look for tightly woven materials. A good way to tell how protective your clothing is to hold it up and see how much light shines through.
Sport a Hat: Whether you are gardening or just going for a jaunt around the neighborhood it’s a good idea to wear a hat before you go outside. A wide-brimmed hat is the best choice because it will be able to protect your face, ears and neck from the sun’s rays.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating or swimming.
What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?
It’s a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with our Charleston, SC, skin doctor at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any changes to your skin. Of course, be sure to examine your skin from head to toe regularly and look for moles that are asymmetrical, contain multiple colors, have undefined borders or are larger than the eraser end of a pencil. If you notice any of these changes, it’s time to visit us right away.
Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to the health of your skin. Whether you are concerned about skin cancer or you just want to schedule a routine visit, we are here to assist you with whatever you need.