Self-examination is the best way to catch skin cancer early. Check your body for signs and symptoms of skin cancer including new or unusual growths and changes in size, shape, or color in an existing spot frequently — once a month. Skin cancers usually develop in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun such as the face. However, skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, so be sure to examine hidden spots as well such as between your toes or on the soles of your feet.
Lower Your Risks of Skin Cancer
· Limit your exposure to the sun, especially when rays are at their strongest during mid-day
· Wear protective gear such as sunscreen (30 SPF or higher), wide-brimmed hats, long sleeves, etc. to prevent sunburns, which have been linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma later in life
· Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays
· Avoid tanning booths and beds that use concentrated UV light
Most skin cancers are treated with surgery, especially basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. These are usually removed in an outpatient procedure through more severe cases of skin cancer may require more extensive surgeries. Please reach out to our qualified team of specialists for more information on surgical treatments for minor skin cancer.
At Ohio Head and Neck Surgeons, we understand your concerns when seeking cosmetic treatment options. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our quality ENT specialists. For more information on scheduling click here.
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