The most heartening news about melanoma is that many cases of skin
cancer can be prevented simply by following these precautions:
Avoid the sun
between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Because the sun's rays are strongest during this period, try to
schedule outdoor activities for other times of the day, even in
winter or when the sky is cloudy. You absorb UV radiation
year-round, and clouds offer little protection from damaging rays.
summer and winter.
Sunscreens don't filter out all harmful UV radiation, especially the
radiation that can lead to melanoma. But they play a major role in
an overall sun protection program. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum
sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 when you
go outside, summer and winter. Broad-spectrum products provide
protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Use sunscreen on all
exposed skin, including your lips, the tips of your ears, and the
backs of your hands and neck. You need to use about an ounce of
sunscreen to adequately cover your entire body.
For the most
protection, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and
reapply it every 2 hours throughout the day. Also be sure to reapply
it after swimming or exercising. Apply sunscreen to young children
before they go outdoors, and teach older children and teens how to
use sunscreen to protect themselves. Keep sunscreen in your car as
well as with your gardening tools and sports and camping gear to
remind yourself and your family to use it.
Be an educated
Most sunscreens provide physical protection, chemical protection or
a combination of both. Knowing the difference can help you select
the best product for you and your family.
sunscreens contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide. These form
an opaque film that reflects UV rays before they can penetrate your
skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, absorb sunlight before
it can cause any damage. Combination products do a little of both.
Even if you know
what to look for, sunscreen labels can be confusing, and sometimes
actually misleading. That's why the Food and Drug Administration has
instituted new labeling guidelines. Among the changes is the
elimination of the terms sun block (no product actually
"blocks" UV rays), all-day (no sunscreen lasts all day) and
waterproof (all sunscreens wash off in water to some extent —
the new term is water-resistant). Sunscreens claiming an SPF
higher than 30 are now labeled 30+, rather than 45 or 60, because
tests show little difference among products with SPF factors over
30. Finally, make sure any product you use actually contains
sunscreen — many tanning oils and lotions don't. Products that don't
contain sunscreen are required by law to clearly indicate that on
Sunscreens don't provide complete protection from UV rays. That's
why it's a good idea to also wear dark, tightly woven clothing that
covers your arms and legs, and a broad-brimmed hat, which provides
more protection than a baseball cap or visor. Some companies also
design photoprotective clothing. Your dermatologist can recommend an
appropriate brand. Don't forget sunglasses. Look for those that
block out both UVA and UVB rays.
beds and tan-accelerating agents.
Tanning beds emit UVA rays, which may be as dangerous as UVB rays,
especially since UVA light penetrates deeper into your skin and
causes precancerous skin lesions.
Be aware of
Some common prescription and over-the-counter drugs — including
antibiotics; certain cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
medications; birth control pills; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others); and the acne medicine isotretinoin (Accutane) — can make your skin more sensitive to
sunlight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of
any medications you take. If they increase your sensitivity to
sunlight, be sure to take extra precautions.
See your doctor for a complete skin exam every year if you're older
than 40, or more often if you're at high risk of developing
Check your skin
regularly and report changes to your doctor.
Examine your skin often for new skin growths or changes in existing
moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors,
check your face, neck, ears and scalp. Examine your chest and trunk,
and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. Examine both the
front and back of your legs, and your feet, including the soles and
the spaces between your toes. Also check your genital area,
including between your buttocks.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Alternative medicine refers to therapies that may be used instead of
conventional treatments. Complementary or integrative medicine, on the
other hand, usually means therapies used in conjunction with traditional
treatments. These distinctions aren't firm, however, and the boundaries
between types of therapies are constantly changing.
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Complementary and Alternative medicine
and mind-body-spirit approaches to health and
Live Blood Analysis
of blood under a specialized high powered ultra-dark
field microscope, reveals anomalies in the blood.
unique tool for prevention.
is recognized by most as
the most powerful and versatile therapy known in
alternative health because it plays a vital role in
maintaining the well-being of the body.
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