Mark Logan, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at Sansum Clinic at 215 Pesetas Lane in Santa Barbara and also at Dermatology Associates of Sansum Clinic at 1414 S. Miller Street in Santa Maria. Our Dermatology Department can be reached by calling (805) 681-7535 in Santa Barbara or (805) 349-7576 in Santa Maria. Visit www.ccsb.org or www.sansumclinic.org for more information about skin cancer prevention.
Mark Logan, MD, Dermatology
With a few minor lifestyle changes, you can easily reduce your skin cancer risk to a minimum, without sacrificing time outdoors.
Seek shade between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun is most intense. Try to plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply after swimming or excess sweating.
Do not burn. Sunburns, especially blistering ones, increase your risk of developing melanoma.
Avoid UV tanning booths. They have been shown to increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. Studies show that patients find the majority of skin cancers. Almost all potentially deadly skin cancers are curable if detected early. Unfortunately, among patients diagnosed with advanced disease, just 15% survive longer than five years.
See your physician each year for a professional skin exam, especially if you have fair skin or many moles.