Women's Health News Wednesdays: Besides Sun Screen What Should You Do To Prevent Basal Cell Cancers?

Basal cell skin cancers are extremely common, and most often are found on the head or face or neck. Basal cell cancers arise from the deeper cell layer of the skin, the basal layer, and do not generally spread other than locally. They need to be completely removed as over time they will destroy the tissue around where they are. There may be a small genetic component, but too many individuals continue the health behaviors that led to getting their first basal cell cancer and almost half of all patients will get a second cancer in five years. most important way to prevent basal cell cancers is to use sun protection. At our offices we now recommend 'super sun screen' that will also protect against a wider range of light rays than most sun screens will.  Here are ways to prevent basal cell skin cancers that you may also want to consider:
  • Stop Smoking
  • Take Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide, which is readily available over the counter)
  • Improve your immune system (diet, omega-3's, exercise, healthy lifestyle, good sleep)
  • Regular use of NSAIDs (like ibuprofen have been protective in a few studies)
  • Appropriate treatment of any lesions like actinic keratosis that may progress to cancers

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