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How Can I Reduce My Risk of Skin Cancer?

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This information is provided and sponsored by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare.

  • Do not burn. Your risk for melanoma doubles if you have five or more sunburns at any point in your life.
  • Do not tan or use UV tanning booths. Tanning booths increase your risk of skin cancer, and also cause premature damage, such as wrinkles and age spots.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and re-apply every 30 minutes.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.
  • Consider genetic components. Those with fair skin, red or blond hair, a family history, or green or blue eyes are at a higher risk.
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