When you think about preventing skin cancer, the first things that pop into your head are probably to avoid the sun as much as possible, and to use sunscreen when you’re outside.
Though the truth is, these two things alone aren’t enough to protect you from this harmful, potentially life-threatening disease.
Other Skin Cancer Preventing Tips
UV tanning beds are just as dangerous as the sun and should be avoided at all costs.
When you’re outside during the warmest hours of the day, you should seek shade and keep yourself covered up with UV protecting gear like the right clothing, a hat, and sunglasses.
Skin Cancer Preventing Medications
In addition to sunscreen, the following medications have been determined to possibly help with skin cancer prevention:
- Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 protects you against ultraviolet damage.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been associated with reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer, including those of the skin.
- Polypodium leucotomos works like an antioxidant and protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by sun exposure.
Skin Cancer Professionals in Atlanta
To catch skin cancers early and take advantage of easy treatment options you should examine yourself from head-to-toe every month, as well as seeing a dermatologist at least once a year for a thorough check-up.
When skin cancer conditions require the reconstructive specialty of a facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta, you can find comfort in knowing that Dr. Stong of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery has the skill and wisdom needing to get you looking better.
If you’re due for a skin cancer screening, then give us a call today. We look forward to helping you!
Post Provided by Benjamin Stong MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 963-6665