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What are the signs and symptoms of skin cancer?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017
Question: When I was very young - my skin was damaged by the sun a lot and now I am getting a lot of skin cancers. Apart from the obvious things like staying out of sun and covering up - do you have any ideas of what could help reduce the skin cancers. Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (3 hours later)
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hello again for sending the question.

There are several strategies you might employ to help minimize the risk of diagnosis of skin cancer.

The main defense as you mentioned is minimizing excess of sun exposure and using appropriate skin protecting sunscreen.

If you were going to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes it would be appropriate to consider using sunscreen to protect against for the damage of the skin and increased risk of cancer.

The other important strategy would be for you to see a dermatologist on at least an annual basis for a thorough full body skin examination. The dermatologist can identify areas of concern in conformity with serial skin exams and photographs to see if there is any change that might indicate a risk of cancer.

So again the main strategies are prevention by minimizing excessive exposure, using appropriate sunscreen and following with a skin professional on a regular basis.

Thank you again for sending the question.

Sincerely,

Dr. Galamaga
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Brief Answer: Considering Detailed Answer: hello again for sending the question. There are several strategies you might employ to help minimize the risk of diagnosis of skin cancer. The main defense as you mentioned is minimizing excess of sun exposure and using appropriate skin protecting sunscreen. If you were going to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes it would be appropriate to consider using sunscreen to protect against for the damage of the skin and increased risk of cancer. The other important strategy would be for you to see a dermatologist on at least an annual basis for a thorough full body skin examination. The dermatologist can identify areas of concern in conformity with serial skin exams and photographs to see if there is any change that might indicate a risk of cancer. So again the main strategies are prevention by minimizing excessive exposure, using appropriate sunscreen and following with a skin professional on a regular basis. Thank you again for sending the question. Sincerely, Dr. Galamaga