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Skin Cancer Protection Tips

Sun damage can be more than cosmetic

Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems — from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer.

Common skin cancers — what to look for

  • Basal cell carcinoma — pearly, slow-growing, raised areas that may crust and bleed
  • Squamous cell carcinoma — show as red or pink, scaly bumps
  • Malignant melanoma — begin as a dark brown or black spot that may later change in shape or color; can be fatal

All of these skin cancers are treatable if found early.

Sunscreen recommendations

Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.

At the very least, use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. But SPF 30 offers better protection. And remember to put more on every 1 to 2 hours, whether you are swimming or not.

Did you know?

According to The American Cancer Society:

There are more people diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States than all other Cancers combined.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.





Skin Cancer Prevention Tips from Dr. Kellogg at Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers

Arizona’s intense sun and long summers are great for outdoor activities but make skin cancer prevention especially difficult.   According to, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.

We contacted Cancer Doctor in Phoenix Christopher Kellogg, MD and asked him for tips on avoiding skin cancer.  Dr. Kellogg says, “I’ve been at Ironwood Cancer Center since 1995 and I’ve seen many heartbreaking skin cancer stories.  Many don’t realize that tanning beds, sun lamps combined with sunlight increase their risk of getting skin cancer.  If we follow some basic steps we could dramatically reduce our risks.”

Dr. Kellogg’s Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

  • Stay out of the sun during peak hours.

  • Wear sunblock. Don’t just put it on when you’re visiting the lake; make it part of your regular regimen.  Make sure it’s not expired, has a SPF of 30+, and offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection.

  • Don’t use sun tanning beds. Sure, a golden tan looks attractive now but its accelerating sun damage and increasing your chances of getting skin cancer.

  • Visit your dermatologist or primary care doctor do a complete body skin cancer screening. These exams check for signs of skin irregularities and take biopsies if necessary.

  • Check your skin frequently. If you notice something irregular that’s rapidly growing, get it checked out by a qualified physician as soon as possible.

Learn more about Dr. Kellogg and Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers by visiting… or call 480-821-2838.