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Dermatologists advise people to safeguard their skin to prevent skin cancer

Although it may not always be the cause of skin cancer, sun protection is still crucial. Picture: RF._.studio/Pexels

Patients frequently believe they are not at risk since they don’t consistently tan and are consequently not getting enough sun exposure. The type of UV exposure that results in many malignancies harms the body over many years, beginning in childhood.

Skin cancer risk is higher for some patients. These include patients whose immune systems are compromised, whether as a result of illnesses like HIV or medications used after kidney transplants.

Some drugs, such as antibiotics and blood pressure medications, may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight; as a result, these people frequently burn in the sun. If you have had one skin cancer, it’s crucial to understand that you will probably get more, so schedule routine check-ups with your doctor, Kannenberg said.

She says, although it may not always be the cause of skin cancer, sun protection is still crucial. Avoid the sun from 10am to 3pm, cover up (use densely woven, loose-fitting, dark-coloured clothing), wear a hat and sunglasses, and reapply sunscreen (SPF 30+ for people with dark skin and SPF 50+ for those with fair skin) every two hours and more frequently when perspiring or swimming.

Only children of 6 months and older are often allowed to use sunscreen. Protect children under six months by avoiding the sun as much as possible. Be diligent in protecting youngsters from the sun because the majority of sun damage occurs before the age of 18.

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