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Skin Cancer

What are some potential signs of skin cancer?

According to one study, self-checks of skin may decrease mortality from melanoma by 63 percent because doctors do not routinely check for skin abnormalities.

Do you have any spots on your skin that:YesNo
Have changed in color, size or texture?
Are bigger than ¼ inch (pencil eraser)?
Have irregular borders?
Appeared after age 21?
Appear pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multicolored?
Itch, hurt, crust over or scab, erode, bleed or haven’t healed within three weeks?

* If you say “yes” to any of the above, let your health-care provider know.

How can I lower my risk?

Sunscreen is vital for helping prevent skin cancer. Check out the sun protection factor (SPF) on sunscreen bottles. Most sources recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreens with a higher SPF offer more protection.

Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen (about 1 ounce per application) and get help as needed to apply sunscreen to your back, for example. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if you are swimming or perspiring.

When you purchase sunscreen, look for an expiration date. If it does not have an expiration date, label the bottle with the date of purchase and use within three years.

Recipes

These recipes were selected because many of the ingredients are associated with healthy skin and reducing the risk for cancer.

Salmon With Mango Salsa
Salmon With Mango Salsa

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Berry Good Smoothie
Berry Good Smoothie

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Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist

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