Ten tips for skin cancer prevention

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The skin is a large and complex organ. There is a virtually endless list of potential skin problems and diseases, which can have implications medically, cosmetically, or both. Although many people pay a great deal of attention to problems such as acne or wrinkles, the most serious skin disease of all is too frequently ignored.

Especially in youth, when one has a bit of a feeling of invincibility, it can be easy to think of skin cancer as something that happens to other people. It can be easy to convince yourself that one more suntan won’t make that much difference. It can be easy to skip the sunscreen without a second thought when you are simply running a few errands. It can be easy… until you are diagnosed with skin cancer. The truth is that it can happen to you. It can happen to anyone.

Although no one is immune to skin cancer, some people are much more likely to develop it. Some of the risk factors, such as genetics and skin tone, cannot be altered. However, you have the power to control the number one risk factor for skin cancer, and that is UV radiation exposure.

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  1. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or more when going outdoors, even on cloudy or rainy days.
  2. Apply sunscreen liberally in a thick layer
  3. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure
  4. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, more frequently if you are sweating or participating in water activities
  5. Never sunbathe or use indoor tanning lamps
  6. If you want a golden glow, consider spray tanning
  7. Avoid gel manicures, which are set with UV lamps
  8. If you do get a gel manicure, apply a sunblock to your fingers or wear gloves with the fingers cut out
  9. Avoid outdoor activities during peak UV radiation hours, which is approximately 10:00am to 4:00pm
  10. Wear a UV blocking sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, long pants, and other protective clothing

Don’t forget to see your dermatologist for an annual cancer screening, because early detection facilitates conservative, effective treatment. Call (973) 509-6900 and schedule your appointment at image Dermatology®. Our practice is conveniently located in Montclair, serving communities throughout the area including Glen Ridge and Essex Fells.

Dr. Jeanine Downie is an experienced and popular dermatologist in Montclair. She possesses extensive experience and training in all aspects of dermatology, including cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Dr. Downie provides modern and cutting-edge dermatology treatments to everyone in your family in a professional, competent and compassionate manner while ensuring that your individual and unique needs are met. Having received rigorous academic training, she completed her residency in Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and also served as Chief Resident. She continues to upgrade her skills set and share her knowledge through professional affiliations and lecturing assignments on behalf of several renowned medical societies such as The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology, among others. She also frequently interacts with the public through popular television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show, to name a few.

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