President's Prescription: Skin Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

President's Prescription: Skin Cancer

Aside from heart health, a recent study at Stanford University found that a regular dose of aspirin may also help reduce the risk of melanoma.

Sounds impressive, but don't try this at home. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society will tell you that regular use of sunscreen is the smartest way to protect the skin from sun damage.

That's the focus this time from Dr. Tedd Mitchell. He is president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. And this is the President's Prescription.

With the warmer weather and sunshine comes time by the pool, hanging out on the lake or time spent simply enjoying the outdoors. The sun provides many health benefits, including enhancing a person's mood and energy through the release of endorphins. But too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

Excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays has been known to cause cataracts, skin aging and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. About 1 million Americans develop skin cancer each year.

Common skin cancer symptoms include:

   · new moles that look different from other moles

   · new red or darker-colored flaky patches that may be raised

   · new flesh-colored, firm bumps

    · changes in the size, shape, color or feel of moles

    · sores that do not heal

Protect yourself from the sun's potentially harmful effects by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and both UVA and UVB defense.

Reapply frequently, especially after getting out of the water or sweating.

Wear a hat to protect your face and scalp and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Don't forget your feet, sunburns are not uncommon when barefoot or wearing sandals

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