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Tips for Decreasing Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Tips for Decreasing Your Risk of Skin CancerAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. There are various types of skin cancer such as Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma.

Want to decrease your risk for developing skin cancer?
•    Limit exposure to UV light during the hours of 9am-4pm. Now, I know that this is not always doable, so here are more tips:

•    Seek the shade.

•    Wear sun protective clothing – long sleeves and pants that have a UPF are great! Also, wide brimmed hats offer protection for the face, ears, and scalp. You can find light weight clothes with UPF online (google it!) or in most sporting goods stores. Swim shirts are great as well.

•    Use a broad spectrum, sweat resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 and reapply every 2 hours. I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen.

•    If you choose to use a spray sunscreen, don’t forget to rub it in. I have seen my fair share of hand prints and zebra stripes.
•    Avoid tanning beds! Researchers estimate that use of tanning beds may cause more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year. Indoor tanning also increases your risk for developing melanoma, which can be fatal. A tan is not worth your life. If you like the appearance of a tan, there are awesome sunless tanners on the market. Loreal sublime bronze is an affordable, easily accessible option.

•    Don’t forget about protecting yourself from UV rays when around snow, water, or sand.

•    Get at least a yearly head to toe exam by a health care professional. You might want to be seen more often if you have a history of skin cancer.

•    Don’t be afraid to come in sooner than your annual appointment if you have a spot that is itching, burning, bleeding, or changing.

Courtney Snyder-Stene, PA-C
Courtney graduated from Wichita State University in 2016 as a Certified Physician Assistant, during which she completed a rotation with KMC. Following her graduation, Courtney then completed a one-year dermatology fellowship with KMC and will now be seeing patients in our Leawood and Shawnee, Kansas offices.

Courtney has an excellent bedside manner with genuine passion for her patients. You will be sure to enjoy her welcoming smile and exuberance. Schedule an appointment to see her for your dermatology needs at
KMC Dermatology, (913) 631-6330.

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