Plano area dermatologist describes how to prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer is a serious condition. Prevention and early diagnosis is the best course of action. Dr. Bryan Selkin and the staff of the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery believe in educating patients on skin cancer well before it becomes a concern. Learning how to prevent skin cancer from developing is the first step in protecting skin and health. Plano area patients often visit with our team for skin cancer screenings and evaluations if there are concerns.

How to prevent skin cancer

Dr. Selkin shares these tips for patients who are interested in protecting themselves from skin cancer:

  • Stay in shaded areas, especially on sunny days between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Avoid sunburn by wearing broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB).
  • Cover up with clothing when out in the sun, reducing overall exposure in high risk areas such as the face and shoulders.
  • Use sunscreen regularly, applying approximately one ounce to the body 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and every two hours afterwards.
  • Keep newborns from sun exposure, and only use sunscreen on babies six months or older.
  • See a dermatologist for a head to toe skin cancer screening every year.
  • Avoid using tanning beds or booths.
  • Check your skin at least once a month for changes in skin tags, moles, or wounds that are not healing properly.

Schedule a skin cancer screening

One of the best ways to avoid problems with skin cancer is to schedule regular screenings with a Dermatologist. Dr. Selkin and his team at the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery provide exceptional, thorough evaluations for new patients as well as established patients. One way to remember a yearly skin check is to think of getting one around your birthday! Contact the practice at 972-985-9003 to learn more about caring for skin. His practice has four convenient locations – Plano, McKinney, Flower Mound, TX. Call today to book an examination.

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Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery is committed to helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr. Bryan Selkin MD, FAAD, Board Certified in Dermatology; Gilbert Selkin, MD, DMD, Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon; John “Jay” Wofford MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist; M. David Meyer MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Janet Y. Li MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, Sam Awan, MD, FAAD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Trisha J. Patel MD, FAAD Board Certified Dermatologist; Howard Steinman MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon; Nicholas R. Snavely MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon, an expert in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced reconstruction; and Caitlin Farmer, MD – Board Eligible Dermatologist