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Cancer Skin Home Care
- Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
- Use sunscreen if you are out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
- Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA.
- Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are strongest.
- Perform regular skin self-examinations
- Skin areas that are often exposed to the sun are at highest risk for skin cancer.
- See your doctor for changes in color, size, or overall appearance of skin lesions.
- See your doctor for new or unusual skin lesions.
- Follow your doctor's instructions.
- See a dermatologist regularly.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Cancer Skin Warning Signs
- New skin lesion in someone older than 40
- Moles, skin lumps or skin bumps with the following:
- Asymmetry: one side does not look like the other
- Bleeding or cracking
- Inconsistent coloration
- Irregular margins: borders with jagged or notched edges
- New skin lump or bump in any location
- Rapid change in size or shape
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PubMed Cancer Skin References
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- Einspahr JG, Bowden GT, Alberts DS. Skin cancer chemoprevention: strategies to save our skin. Recent Results Cancer Res. 2003;163:151-64; discussion 264-6. 
- Ollstein RN. Skin lesions in the elderly: precancer and cancer. Care Manag J. 2004 Summer;5(2):107-11. 
- Saraiya M, Glanz K, Briss P, Nichols P, White C, Das D; Task Force on Community Preventive Services On reducing Exposure to Ultraviolet Light. Preventing skin cancer: findings of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services On reducing Exposure to Ultraviolet Light. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2003 Oct 17;52(RR-15):1-12.