Skin Cancer Management in Victoria BC

Sun Protection Methods

Sunscreen and Sun Protection

Cumulative sun damage is directly related to the development of Actinic Keratosis and Squamous Cell Cancer.  For melanoma and Basal Cell Cancer, the sun exposure we get until age 19 is thought to play the biggest role.  Episodes of severe sunburn seems to contribute the most.

A good sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30 or more and which contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or both should be used year round on a daily basis.  These barrier type sunscreens block out the greatest amount of both UVA and UVB radiation from the sun.  Keep in mind that studies have shown that most people only put on 1/3 of the amount of cream necessary to meet the SPF rating for individual creams.  

Sun protection through hats and SPF rated clothing and by sheltering in the shade is even better than using sunscreen and if both methods are utilized the best protection will be achieved.

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