Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Skin

Skin cancer:

  • Approx. 50% of Americans develop at least one form of skin cancer by age 65
  • Minimize exposure to sun
  • Avoid being in sun midday (approx. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • More info: American Academy of Dermatology

Before going outside:

  • Wear:
    • Light-colored non-porous clothing
    • Long sleeves
    • Long pants
    • Hat
  • Apply sun block (don’t mix sunblock with medicines)

When outside in daylight:

  • Stay in shade when feasible

If you have a family history of melanoma (skin cancer):

  • See a doctor

If you have had bad sunburns:

  • See a doctor

Regularly:

Monthly:

  • Check your entire body for new spots and changes in previously-detected spots
  • Note and report to your doctor any spots which are:
    • Predominantly flat
    • Larger than a pencil eraser
    • More than one color
    • Have an irregular shape

Abnormal spots:

If you have any abnormal spots (including moles) or over 50 normal spots:

  • See a doctor

Skin care:

Before using a skin care product:

  • Consider asking your doctor or a dermatologist to recommend a treatment appropriate for your skin type and condition, especially if you’re experiencing significant discomfort
  • Be aware that people with dry skin and/or skin with dark pigmentation may be more likely to suffer side effects from skin care products
  • Test the product on a small, hidden patch of skin to check for reactions

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