4 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Learn how to prevent skin cancer from board-certified dermatologist Ahmet Altiner in this Howcast video.

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The top tip I give my patients about preventing skin cancer is to use regular sunscreen.

Sunscreen applied regularly on your face and your body is a sure way to make sure that UV lights are not damaging your skin.

Zinc and titanium based skin sunscreen products are best as they have wide coverage and they will last longer on your skin.

The second most important thing to know is to examine your body regularly in conjunction with a dermatologist.

Diagnosing a precancerous legion and treating it is significantly easier than diagnosing an actual skin cancer and treating that.

Dermoscopy biopsies are useful tools to determine whether you have precancerous legions or cancerous legions.

So sunscreen and regular exams by a dermatologist are the top two things you need to know about preventing skin cancer.

The top tip I give my patients to prevent skin cancer is to use regular sunscreen.

The amount and type of sunscreen you use will determine how much prevention you get from the UV rays that cause skin cancer.

Zinc and titanium based products tend to have much wider efficacy and will last longer on your skin.

A shot glass full of sunscreen on your body and a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face is generally adequate coverage to protect you from UV lights.

The second important tip to keep in mind is to see a dermatologist to make sure all your moles are examined.

Dermoscopy and skin biopsies and useful tools to determine whether you have precancerous legions or cancerous legions.

By seeing a dermatologist regularly and using sunscreen periodically, you'll make sure that you will be preventing skin cancer.

Spotting a changing or new mole on your body is a sure way to prevent skin cancer.

Spotting a changing or new mole early is a sure way to prevent skin cancer.

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