Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Cancer Squamous Cell Prevention

Prevention of squamous cell carcinoma includes:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun when UV rays are strongest. Snow and water reflect the sun's rays and can worsen the effect of the sun.
    • Wear protective clothing, and a hat or visor, to help protect the skin.
    • Use sunscreen whenever in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
    • Use sunscreen that protects against UV rays.
  • Perform routine self-examination of your skin areas on a weekly basis.
    • Moles or old lesions should be observed closely for any changes in color, size, or overall appearance.
  • People at increased risk should see a dermatologist regularly.
  • Learn the American Cancer Society's ABCD rules for skin lesions:
    • A: asymmetry: one-half of the mole does not match the other half.
    • B: border irregularity: the edges of the mole are ragged or notched.
    • C: color: the color of the mole is not the same all over. There may be shades of tan, brown, or black, and sometimes patches of red, blue, or white.
    • D: diameter: the mole is wider than about 1/4 inch

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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