Published 14 days ago, by Roeland Pater

Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer. Which means that something has to change. We need to be more aware of the risks of skin cancer, which symptoms will occur, and how we can make sure that we find skin cancer early so it can be treated. Even better still, we need to know how to prevent skin cancer. Let’s take a look at the most important precautions you can take.

Apply sunscreen daily

The sun is important for us. It does not only feel nice to be in the sun, it also gives us the supply of Vitamin D that we need to stay healthy. But the sun also has another side; it is the most common cause of skin cancer due to harmful UV rays.

The way to make sure this does not affect you is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Not only during the summer days, but also when the sun is not directly visible. Dermatologists advise to apply sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. You could replace your regular skin care products with brands that have SPF included, so that you are protected.

Avoid the sun’s most intense hours

When you are outside, either working or just relaxing – it’s important to stay out of direct sunlight during the most intense hours. Opinions about this differ, but you should be safe if you seek shade between 12 – 4pm. Also if you have applied sunscreen, because the sun is so strong. When you don’t have a choice and need to be in the sunlight, make sure to re-apply sunscreen every hour.

Avoid tanning beds… really.

There is nothing positive to say about tanning beds other than that they make you feel good. Unfortunately the UV exposure from tanning beds is so strong that they are a major cause of skin cancer cases. If that is not enough of an argument for you: tanning beds also cause premature aging.

Regular self-checks

Many people have moles on their body. And in itself they are not dangerous. But when they start to change, or look different from the rest – they pose be a risk. It’s smart to check your body on a regular basis and check for signs that could indicate a problem. You can use the ABCDE-method for a first check: asymmetry (not round), border (raised edges), color (not light brown), diameter (smaller than 6mm), evolution (change). When you spot a mole that looks different, use the SkinVision app to get an instant risk assessment for skin cancer.

See your doctor when you feel uncomfortable

When the SkinVision app indicates a certain risk, make sure to go and see your doctor to take a closer look. With skin cancer it’s very important to detect it early, so the doctor will have many treatment options.