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Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs. It may be caused by UV light exposure or inherited from parents or family. Perhaps, skin cancer is not that dangerous, but still, this disease will keep you away from socialize and it surely will bother you a lot. Here are some ways to prevent skin cancer.

1. Limiting UV Exposure
The most important way to lower your risk of melanoma is to protect yourself from exposure to UV radiation. Use sunscreen, hat, or wrap on sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.

2. Vitamin D
Doctors are learning that vitamin D has many health benefits. It may even help to lower the risk for some cancers. Vitamin D is made naturally by your skin when you are in the sun. How much vitamin D you make depends on many things, including how old you are, how dark your skin is, and how intensely the sun shines where you live.

3. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps
Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless. This is not true. Tanning lamps give out UVA and usually UVB rays as well, both of which can cause long-term skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. Tanning bed use has been linked with an increased risk of melanoma, especially if it is started before the age of 30. Most skin doctors and health organizations recommend not using tanning beds and sun lamps.

4. Check your skin regularly and report changes to your doctor
Examine your skin often for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears and scalp. Examine your chest and trunk, and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. Examine both the front and back of your legs, and your feet, including the soles and the spaces between your toes. Also check your genital area and between your buttocks.

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