If You Care for Your Loved Ones, Keep an Eye on Their Beauty Spots

BY Dermstore Editors · May 2, 2016

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer according to the American Academy of Dermatology—but here’s the good news: 90 percent of skin cancer cases are 100 percent curable if detected in time. Education, early detection and proper skin protection—they all play a part in the fight against this deadly disease. So if you care for for your loved ones, keep an eye on their beauty spots. Watch the video below to see how.

Aside from keeping an eye on their and your moles, remember to practice these sun safe actions to help decrease the risk of skin cancer.

1. Protect your skin with a sunscreen.
When exposed to the sun, always protect your skin. Look for the following when choosing a sunscreen:

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of  30 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • A comfortable texture, as you should reapply every 2 hours.
  • Water resistant

2. Check your moles.
To monitor any changes in your moles, you can use this method that has been developed, approved and used by dermatologists all over the world. Each letter corresponds to an aspect of moles you should pay attention to:

  • ASYMMETRY A mole that is not round or oval which has contours and coloring that are not evenly distributed around its center.
  • BORDER Borders that are irregular or jagged, like on a map.
  • COLOR Several colors (brown, red, white, black).
  • DIAMETER A diameter greater than 6 mm (size of a pencil eraser).
  • EVOLUTION A mole that quickly changes in size, shape, thickness or color.

In the case of a suspect, new, or a recently changed mole, you should consult your dermatologist as soon as possible to provide a qualified diagnosis.Untitled-3

3. Play safe in the sun.

  • Seek shade—the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-applied every 2 hours.

Dermstore Editors

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