Five Easy Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. While no one wants to spend their warm summer days at the pool thinking about their cancer risk, it’s a topic we must face since skin cancer is a disease that is easy to get. It’s the most common of all cancers, accounting for almost 50% of all cancer cases in the United States.
Fortunately, it’s also easy to lower your risk of developing skin cancer. As the sun becomes a more constant fixture around Kansas City and kids prepare for summer vacation, we’re sharing five easy skin cancer prevention tips.

Easy Skin Cancer Prevention

1. Wear Sunscreen Regularly

Chances are your family will be out in the sun this summer, whether you’re visiting the Kansas City Zoo, splashing around at your neighborhood pool or Oceans of Fun, or spending time at your favorite lake. One simple step to skin cancer prevention is wearing your sunscreen whenever you’re outside. Experts recommend using 1 oz. of sunscreen per application and reapplying every 2 hours or right after swimming, using a towel, or sweating excessively.

Five Easy Skin Cancer Prevention TipsDirect outdoor exposure isn’t the only way you can be harmed by sunlight, either. For the most effective skin cancer prevention, you should also apply sunscreen when you’ll be exposed to sunlight through a window. Driving long distances or working by a window for an extended period of time can leave you exposed to lots of UV.

2. Stay in the Shade

Skin cancer prevention also means avoiding sunlight when possible. When you are outside for an extended period, like at a community carnival, Royals game, or a concert, try to find a shady area to rest in. Bring an umbrella or a large hat to the pool. Find shadier parks with large trees for your kids to play under. You don’t have to avoid all sun exposure for maximum skin cancer prevention, but the shade will go a long way!

3. Cover Up

You can also practice effective skin cancer prevention by covering up with clothing. Wear long sleeves for the maximum benefit — try cotton, which is lightweight — and don’t forget the wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Covering your skin will reduce your cancer risk significantly.

4. Avoid Tanning Beds

Some people believe that because tanning beds aren’t real sunlight, they don’t pose a cancer risk. This is simply not true. Tanning beds also cause skin cancer. Skip the artificial tan for maximum skin cancer prevention.

5. Examine Your Skin Regularly

Skin cancer is often treatable if caught early enough, so routine skin examinations are key for skin cancer prevention and treatment. Regularly check over your entire body looking for moles that have an asymmetrical border or that have changed in shape or size. See a dermatologist right away if you notice anything unusual.

Skin Cancer Prevention at Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park

In addition to practicing the above skin cancer prevention tips, you can also lower your cancer risk by regularly monitoring your health with cancer screening at Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park. You can walk into our facility at any time and order your own cancer panel, no doctor’s orders or insurance required.

Hear more about our services by contacting or calling Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park today at (913) 815-0988.

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