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The Best Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
The Best Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
January 12/2023

The Best Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with an estimated 9,500 new diagnoses every day according to statistics shared by the American Academy of Dermatology Association. The same source estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In this brief article brought to you by Southern Maryland Medical Group, we will review the risk factors and causes of skin cancer as well as some preventative measures that can reduce your risk. If you are looking for primary care doctors or a primary care clinic in the Southern Maryland area, you can call Southern Maryland Medical Group.

What Is Skin Cancer?

Cancer is a disease in which cells in some part(s) of the body grow uncontrollably and may spread to other parts of the body. Normally, cells grow and multiply through a process called cell division; Cells die when they become damaged or grow old, and new cells take their place. Sadly, this process sometimes breaks down, causing mutated or damaged cells to grow and multiply. These cells can form tumors, or lumps of tissue, which can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous).

Skin cancer affects the body’s largest organ: the skin. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas compete as the most common types of skin cancer, and melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer. However, melanoma causes more deaths because it tends to spread to other body parts, including vital organs.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

In short, cancer occurs when mutations occur in the DNA of skin cells and cause them to grow out of control, clump together, and possibly spread. Anyone can get skin cancer, but people with the following characteristics are at greater risk:

  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Personal history of skin cancer
  • Older age
  • Lighter natural skin color
  • Skin that reddens, freckles, or burns easily in the sun
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Blond or red hair
  • Certain moles
  • Weakened immune system

Most cases of skin cancer are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, which commonly come from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps.

Reducing Risk of Skin Cancer

Everyone should actively combat the risk of skin cancer, but people with characteristics mentioned earlier should go twice the distance. Some skin cancer prevention techniques include:

  • Staying in the shade
  • Cloth and cover as much skin as possible
  • Wear a wide brim hat to shade your face, ears, and neck
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Put on broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more
  • Avoid indoor tanning
  • Avoid artificial sources of UV exposure like sunlamps

Get Screened for Skin Cancer in Southern Maryland

Do you notice brownish spots or moles growing on your skin? If you are concerned about your risk of skin cancer, then visit one of our clinics or call now to schedule a screening. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or accept you as a walk-in as soon as possible.

Our Locations

Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help. 

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Camp Springs, MD

5801 Allentown Road, Suite 400 Camp Spring, MD 20746

Phone: 301-868- 0150

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-868-0243

Greenbelt, MD

7500 Greenway Center, Dr #1200 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: 301-486-7580

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-486-7581

Riverdale, MD

6510 Kenilworth Ave, Ste 1400, Riverdale MD 20737

Phone: 301-618-0771

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-618-0772