Never ignore the early signs of skin cancer

Generation after generation have always loved to lay in the sun. Did you ever slather n the baby oil and lay in the sun only to end up red, burned, and peeling?

Skin cancer is a condition where cancer cells arise from a person’s skin. This is due to the development of abnormal skin cells. These cells have the capability of spreading to other parts of the body.

There are three tips of cancer cells:

  • basal cell cancer
  • squamous cell cancer
  • melanoma

Skin cancers may look like:

  • a spot or sore that does not heal within 4 weeks
  • a spot or sore that itches, hurts, is scabbed/crusty, or bleeds forbore than 4 weeks
  • Areas where the skin has broken down and does not heal within 4 weeks

Preventing skin cancer:

  • apply sunblock liberally and reapply often
  • avoid tanning beds
  • avoid the direct sun, especially from 10am to 4pm
  • avoid smoking as it has been shown to increase the risk of developing skin cancer
  • cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
  • don’t get sunburned
  • when outdoors stay in the shade if possible during the hottest times of the day
  • examine your skin every month from¬†head-to-toe
  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam
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