Not only are we passionate about skin care here at CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, but we also specialize in skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction. With the long-term health and beauty of your skin being a top priority for us, we’re here to help you stay safe in the sun this summer and beyond with these sun protection tips:
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.
Regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ is a crucial step in maintaining healthy skin and preventing skin cancer. In fact, regular use of sunscreen can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer by up to 50%, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Sunscreen is your number one defense against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause DNA damage in your skin cells and lead to the development of cancerous cells. Since UV rays can penetrate the clouds, sunscreen should be applied year-round, regardless of the weather or season, to all areas of exposed skin. Reapplication is also necessary every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Not sure which sunscreen is right for you? Our team can help! We proudly carry medical-grade, broad-spectrum sunscreens by SkinCeuticals® that provide effective protection against the appearance of photoaging for all skin types and concerns.
Minimize your sun exposure.
Other ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer include staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing that covers the arms and legs, wearing a hat with a wide brim and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses. You can also limit your time in the sun by staying indoors during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Remember the alphabet.
When it comes to potential skin cancers, you want to be able to catch it at its earliest, most treatable stages. Early warning signs of skin cancer include:
● A: Asymmetrical shape. (Look for moles with irregular shapes.)
● B: Border. (Look for moles with irregular borders.)
● C: Color changes. (Look for moles that have more than one color.)
● D: Diameter. (Look for moles that are larger than 1/4 inch.)
● E: Evolving. (Look for moles that evolve in shape, size or elevation over time.)
If you suspect you have a spot that has any of the irregularities listed above or has begun to bleed, call us ASAP for a consultation. The sooner skin cancer is detected, the better the prognosis.
Now, these tips aren’t just for reducing your risk of skin cancer. Did you know cumulative sun exposure is the most significant controllable factor in skin aging? It’s true! So, if you want to enjoy healthier, younger-looking skin for the long term, you won’t even have to think twice about applying your sunscreen every day.
To learn more about reducing your risk of skin cancer or achieving healthier, more radiant skin with the help of the CNY Beauty Team, give us a call today at (315) 545-5452 or request a consultation online.