Skin Cancer Prevention and Treatment Options

skin cancer prevention

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is crucial for early detection and effective treatment. Signs and symptoms can include new growths, changes in moles, or non-healing sores. At Arlington Dermatology, we specialize in early detection screening and a variety of treatments to help patients manage their condition promptly and effectively. Our expert care aims to ensure the best possible outcomes through early intervention. Learn more about the causes of skin cancer, how to prevent it, and the importance of early detection at Arlington Dermatology.

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, typically resulting from excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and/or tanning beds. It involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells and appears mostly on sun-exposed skin, although it can also occur in areas not usually exposed to sunlight. The three main types of skin cancer are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Common risk factors include fair skin, excessive UV exposure, and family history of skin cancer. Early detection is crucial for successful management and treatment.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is typically caused by excessive exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Some key risk factors include fair skin, a high number of moles, a family history of skin cancer, and a history of blistering sunburns or extensive sun exposure. Individuals with weakened immune systems or older age are also at increased risk.

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Avoid the Sun and Cover Up in the Sun

Avoidance of sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin cancer, but sometimes this can be difficult to practice on a consistent basis. Another valuable strategy to combat skin cancer is to incorporate protective clothing into your outfits, like wide-brimmed hats, UV-protective sunglasses, long sleeves, and long pants. These can block out a significant amount of UV radiation.

Use Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (blocks both UVA and UVB rays) with at least an SPF of 30, even on cloudy or overcast days. Reapply the sunscreen first thing in the morning and at least every two hours on sun-exposed skin – consider even more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Regular Skin Checks

Regular skin checks can save lives. Pay attention to changes in your skin, and if you notice any new or unusual moles, sores, or growths, don’t hesitate to contact us for an examination.

Avoid Tanning Beds

The harmful UV rays from tanning beds are stronger and more dangerous than even the midday sun. No tan is worth the risk of skin cancer.

The Importance of Early Detection

Prevention is always the best plan of action when discussing behavior that can lead to skin cancer, but early detection of skin cancer is the next best thing. If you suspect any abnormal changes to your skin, it is essential to talk to a dermatologist for reassurance and peace of mind. Your health and your skin are your most valuable possessions. Protect them with Arlington Dermatology – your local skin cancer specialists.

Skin Cancer Treatment

As local Arlington dermatologists, we believe in the power of early detection and treatment. There are several ways to treat skin cancer, but one common treatment for early-stage skin cancer is Skin Cancer Excision, which is surgery that can cure the vast majority of localized skin cancers.

Schedule an Appointment 

To take the first step in proactive skin health, book your appointment with us by filling out our online contact form. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive skin cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. We hope to see you soon!

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