April is the awareness month for skin cancer. Since it is one of the most common kinds of cancer, it is important to know how to prevent it. Harmful ultraviolet or UV rays are responsible for melanoma or skin cancer. In this article, we are going to talk about things you can do to prevent the risk of skin cancer and know about the different types of skin cancer.
What are the different types of skin cancer?
- Squamous cell carcinoma
It affects your skin’s outer layer. The formation of this kind of skin cancer happens in the squamous cells. It reveals itself in the form of a flat lesion and red nodules.
Melanoma is a deadly type of skin cancer. Some of the symptoms of skin cancer that you can look out for are a mole that bleeds and changes colors or a big brown spot.
- Basal cell carcinoma
Like squamous cell carcinoma, it starts in the basal cells in the skin’s outer layer. It can manifest itself in the form of a brown scar or lesion.
How can you prevent skin cancer?
There are many ways by which you can prevent skin cancer. We have listed some of them below.
- You can wear sunscreen that has a high amount of SPF. Make sure that your sunscreen provides both UVB or UVA protection.
- You can also wear sunglasses to block harmful UVB and UVA rays.
- You can also check your skin for brown spots or lesions along with redness.
- Tanning beds use UV lights that can affect your skin and result in skin cancer.
If you want to know more about skin cancer and how you can prevent it this May, you can get in touch with Dr. Ashish Pokharkar. His location is in Pune.