Seeing your dermatologist on a regular basis is important for finding skin cancer early, as skin cancer often develops in areas that seem unexpected. When most people think of skin cancer, they don’t usually think of their eyelids. However, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five to 10 percent of all skin cancers impact that area. About 95 percent of skin cancers of the eyelid are basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, but the remaining five percent are the most dangerous kind of skin cancer: melanoma. Continue reading to learn about skin cancer prevention.
Understanding the Risk of Eyelid Cancer
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common kinds of cancer in the United States for both men and women, while melanoma is the sixth most common type. One in five Americans will experience skin cancer in their lives, and one in 55 will face melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are noted for being slow-moving and are often cured before they can spread to the lymph nodes. However, these cancers are particularly dangerous when they are on the eyelid because they can damage ocular structures and lead to blindness. The skin on the eyelid is very thin, which allows tumors to invade the bone around the eye and even the nasal cavity quickly.
Preventing Eyelid Cancer
Sunglasses play an important role in preventing eyelid cancer. It’s important to choose sunglasses with lenses that protect eyes from UVA and UVB rays. The way you wear your sunglasses also matters. They should be pulled completely up on your nose and sit snugly against your face. Sliding your glasses even slightly down your nose can expose your eyelids to significantly more sunlight. You should also apply sunscreen to your eyelids. Talk to your dermatologist about finding a formula that won’t irritate that delicate skin.
Don’t ignore skin cancer symptoms. If you have a suspicious mark, have it checked by a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Make an appointment with a skin care doctor by calling (866) 608-9531.
Warm weather might feel great to you, but it’s a different story for your skin. Climbing temperatures can spell big trouble for your skin if you don’t take the proper steps to protect it. Your skin care doctor is a great source of information on how to keep your skin safe in the sun so you can avoid health risks like skin cancer and cosmetic risks like premature aging. These tips will also help you enjoy sunny days without letting the temperatures and sun take a toll on your skin.
Slather on Sunscreen
If your dermatologist could get you to adopt one skincare practice, wearing sunscreen daily would probably be it. Sunscreen can protect you from a long list of skin woes. First and foremost, it lessens the impact of the sun’s damaging rays that can lead to skin cancer. Beyond that, it helps you avoid painful burns and the aging effects of too much sunlight. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Most adults need one ounce to adequately cover their bodies. Reapply every two hours when you’re out in the sun all day and after sweating or swimming. Consider buying make-ups and moisturizers with built-in SPF for added protection.
Don a Hat
Add an extra layer of protection for your skin in warm temperatures by wearing a brimmed hat when you’re outside for a prolonged period. A hat will protect the top of your head from sunburn and also shade your face and eyes from the sun’s rays. For even more protection, add sunglasses to your ensemble.
Skip Peak Hours
The power of the sun isn’t steady all day. Its rays beat down the strongest between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Between those hours, avoid hanging around in direct sunlight. Give your skin a break and schedule your outdoor activities around those times.
Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is here to help with sun damage prevention and with the fallout when damage does occur. Our dermatologists can diagnose and treat skin cancer as well as offer cosmetic dermatology treatments for dark spots and wrinkles. Talk to us today about your skin health by calling (866) 608-9531.