A 24-year-old female asked:
can you protect your skin from skin cancer, following 10 years of intermittent sun bed use, from the age of 14? i thoroughly regret using them now.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Andrea Brand answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Avoid sun now: You can't undo the past, but you can protect your skin now by avoiding sun exposure between 10 and 2 , wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen. Inspect your skin regularly and report any changes to your doctor.
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
Dr. Travis Kidner answered
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Start now: Your use of a sun bed has increased your risk of developing skin cancers. I would recommend that you undergo a complete skin cancer screening by a dermatologist at least once or twice a year. Never use a sun bed again. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and try to cover up as much as possible when outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
Answered on Feb 9, 2017
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