Skin Cancer Prevention Important Even In Winter Months

by: cancercompass

Even though it's fall, and winter is right around the corner, skin cancer prevention is just as important now as during the sunny summer months. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime.

Accoridng to Dr. Paul M. Parker - a board certified New jersey plastic surgeon and member of the American Society for Plastic Surgery - intense, intermittent sun exposure can occur on a tropical vacation or an October day spent outdoors at a football game or raking leaves. And incidental sun exposure can occur merely walking from your front door to your car. Incidental sun exposure can accumulate over time, and may seriously damage your skin.

Dr. Paul M. Parker recommends regular self-screenings to aid in early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer.

"Screen yourself for potentially dangerous changes in the moles on your skin, being mindful of the ABCD's of detection," he says.

Those ABCD's are:

Asymmetry: one half of the mark is different than the other half

Border Irregularity: the edges are notched, uneven or blurred

Color Variation: The color is uneven or blurred.

Diameter: Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters

He also recommends year-round sun protection including using a daily SPF lotion and wearing protective clothing.

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