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Skin Cancer Prevention Newport Beach

Skin cancer can be prevented in many cases and there are now numerous tools available to not only prevent, but to also reverse the damaging effects from UV rays in the skin.

There are several measures that can be taken to prevent skin cancer and this requires a comprehensive approach (sunscreen alone is not enough):

  • Daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+, reapplying an adequate amount throughout the day as needed and noting water-resistant timing and expiration dates on labels.
  • Wearing wide-brimmed hats, sun-protective clothing and sunglasses.
  • Seeking shade especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays from the sun are the strongest.
  • Avoid sunburns and tanning.
  • Avoid the use of tanning beds.
  • Keep babies and children protected from excess sun exposure and sunburns.

Treatments are available to reverse some of the effects of sun damage, as well as to help reduce the risk of developing certain skin cancers:

  • Topical retinoids, such as tretinoin (Retin-A), tazarotene (Tazorac).
  • Topical chemotherapeutics, such as fluorouracil topical (Efudex, Carac)
  • Topical immunotherapy, such as imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara).
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Chemical Peels

It is also important to perform monthly head to toe self-skin checks, so that you are familiar with your skin and can quickly identify any changing or unusual spots. In addition, you should see a dermatologist yearly for a skin cancer screening or sooner if you notice anything suspicious on the skin. We can determine the extent of sun damage, identify pre-skin cancers, actual skin cancers as well as recommend appropriate treatment and measures to prevent skin cancer and reverse sun damage.

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