Fab5: Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

I received some great information from the Wayne State University Physician Group about how to protect your skin from the sun and wanted to share.

This topic is important to me because my mom has had basal cell carcinoma skin cancers (thankfully, the least dangerous) removed from her body a few times now, and it scares the daylights out of me, not only for her sake, but mine too. I never used to protect my skin when I was younger and now I regret it and have vowed to visit the dermatologist as needed when something questionable pops up.

There are some great tips here I thought were important enough to share!


“The rates of melanoma are rising faster than any of the seven most common cancers, and is the most common form of skin cancer for young adults ages 25 to 29.” – The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

To promote skin care throughout the year, the Wayne State University Physician Group offers these skin cancer prevention tips, courtesy of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention:

  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as these surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  • If you’re outdoors, seek shade whenever possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when comfortable, and always wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
  • Don’t rely on the sun for Vitamin D. Instead, take vitamin supplements and eat a healthy diet of Vitamin D-rich foods such as wild caught salmon, light tuna packed in oil, milk, mushrooms, eggs and ricotta cheese.

For my metro Detroit readers:

The Wayne State University Physician Group Dermatology Services offers a range of treatments for patients with dermatological problems, including specialty dermatology, cosmetic and pediatric concerns, with locations in Dearborn, Monroe and Sterling Heights. For more information or to find a University Physician Group dermatologist, call 313-240-4900 or visit www.upgdocs.com.

At 11 a.m. Sept. 5, the Wayne State University Physician Group Dermatology Services will visit the Detroit Zoo, in conjunction with the Zoo’s Tri-County Senior Day. The visit serves as a reminder to residents of all ages that sun damage happens all year, not just in the summer. Sunscreen and informative skin care brochures will be distributed outside the zoo gates and within a senior resource area inside the zoo.

What do you do to protect your skin?


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