Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient Handout
Skin Care:
Men Who Care About Their Skin Protect It
More and more men are using sun protection while they work and play outdoors. They know that skin cancer is a threat, but it's a threat they can do something about. If you protect your skin from the sun, your chance of getting skin cancer will be lower.
Why is the sun bad for my skin?
Sunburns and suntans are signs that your skin has been damaged. This damage increases your risk of getting skin cancer. If you protect your skin from the sun, you can lower this risk.
What should I do to protect my skin from the sun?
Follow these "safe-sun" guidelines whenever you are in the sun:
What else can I do to protect my skin?
Some doctors think it's a good idea to do a monthly skin check. Ask your doctor about this. If your doctor thinks it's a good idea for you, pick a certain day each month, like the date of your birthday or the day you pay bills, to check your skin. A monthly skin check can help you find skin cancer early. The earlier skin cancer is found, the better the chance for a cure.
The "ABCDE" rule can help you look for signs of skin cancer. When looking at moles on your skin, look for the following:
'ABCDE' Rule
Asymmetry: When both sides of a mole don't look the same.
Border: The edges of a mole are blurry or jagged.
Color: The color of a mole changes--if it's darker than before, the color spreads or goes away, or more than one color appears (blue, red, white, pink, purple or gray).
Diameter: When a mole is larger than a quarter of an inch in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser).
Elevation: When a mole is raised above the skin and has a rough surface.
You should also watch for these changes of your skin:
Be sure to check your whole body once each month, including your back, your scalp and the bottom of your feet. Use a hand mirror to check the places that you can't see easily. Have someone help you check the top of your head. You can use a blowdryer on low speed to move your hair so you can see your scalp more easily.