Basal Cell Carcinoma Prevention

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How to Prevent Basal Cell Carcinoma

The following are ways to decrease your chance of developing basal cell carcinoma:

  • Reduce sun exposure. Wear sunscreen, long sleeves, pants, and hats.
  • Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day.
  • UV light is stronger at higher elevations. If you ski or do other winter sports, wear sunscreen.
  • If you are at risk for basal cell carcinoma, do monthly skin exams. Check yourself for any skin changes. You should also get an annual full-body exam. The dermatologist will check your moles, freckles, and other growths.
  • Limit how much time your child spends in the sun. Discourage your child from tanning.
  • Learn to recognize early basal cell carcinoma. Seek treatment.
  • If advised by your doctor, take retinoid (eg, vitamin A1). This may prevent a recurrence of the cancer.


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