November is known for celebrating Thanksgiving, but did you know that it’s also National Healthy Skin month? During this time, we’d like to highlight a skin condition that is a cancer of your skin. It may be less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. While some people are more susceptible to melanoma due to gender, age, race and family genes, there are some things you can do to lower your chances of getting it.
As the temperatures get cooler, the tendency is to become less concerned about sun protection and safety. It’s important to remember that you can lower your risk of melanoma by protecting your skin from UV rays.
Be On The Lookout
You can be checking for abnormal moles at home. Keep an eye on moles that are changing, new or abnormal. Maintaining regular doctor appointments will help spot melanoma as well.
Maintain A Strong Immune System
Weakened immune systems can increase your risk of getting melanoma. You can help maintain your strong immune system by not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation. You should also be eating plenty of fruits, vegetable and whole grains. Exercise on a regular basis and maintain a healthy weight. Make sleeping a priority. Avoid infections by washing your hands and other surfaces well.
Book your appointment with Dr. Ransom at San Francisco Center For Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery to remove melanoma in areas such as your face and neck. He will also perform any reconstruction necessary after your melanoma treatment.
Posted on behalf of San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery
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