Skin cancer is one of the more prevalent types of cancer. The good news is that it can be treated if it's found early. Another bit of good news about skin cancer is that taking the right precautions can lower the risk of getting it. Those precautions can be both, simple and easy to do.
Though the sun is necessary for life on earth, too much sun is devastating to the skin. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are detrimental because they damage the DNA in the skin cells, so it's a good idea to practice sun safety when going out during the day. Among the things to do that lower exposure to the sun are:
Another way to prevent skin cancer is to do a regular skin check. People should look for moles that have changed in size, are more than one color, have irregular margins or that bleed painlessly. In addition to seeing a skin cancer dermatologist yearly for a skin exam, you should give yourself self-examinations periodically.
There are also treatments available that help prevent skin cancer. Chemical peels, for instance use fruit acids or acids based on Vitamin A to remove the top layers of damaged skin. Photodynamic therapy reduces the risk of skin cancer by using light sensitive drugs to destroy abnormal cells in the skin.
Contact our specialists in any one of our various Orange County dermatology centers to learn more about our skin cancer treatment and prevention services.