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If you have had a squamous cell carcinoma removed, you are probably understandably concerned about the possibility of a recurrence. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to prevent this common form of skin cancer from developing—as long as you know what to avoid. These are some strategies that will help to keep you safe from recurring squamous cell carcinomas:

Limit your sun exposure.

Your first priority should be to avoid the sun during the brightest part of the day, which is generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need to be outside for extended periods during this time of day, wear a hat, UV-protection sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt. Also, do not use tanning beds—the ultraviolet rays they use are just as harmful as the ones coming from the sun.

Don’t forget your sunscreen.

To keep your skin fully protected from the sun, buy sunscreen and apply it liberally whenever you need to be outside. Make sure that you always buy a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Use the sunscreen on any part of your body that is not covered by clothing, and reapply it about once every two hours.

Have regular skin exams.

If you want the maximum level of protection against skin cancer, you should schedule an annual skin exam at your dermatologist’s office. You should also be sure to do self-examinations on a regular basis. Be on the lookout for any new moles, freckles, or other changes in your skin, and watch existing skin growths so you can be alert to any changes.

Routine skin examinations are essential for preventing squamous cell carcinomas and other cancerous growths. At Arlington Dermatology, we offer proven modern procedures, effective skin products, and informed patient education. If you’re looking for a dermatologist in the Arlington Heights area, call 847-392-5440 to schedule an appointment.

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