Summer month bring skin cancer risks | KOB 4

Summer month bring skin cancer risks

Hawker Vanguard
May 24, 2018 07:05 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma and Melanoma are all types of cancer New Mexicans need to be on the lookout for.


Dr. Therese Holguin from UNM Hospital says the Hispanic population has a unique reason to be on the lookout for cancer.

"People who have more pigment in their skin have this idea they don't have to protect themselves because they have more color," she said.

How do you protect yourself? Experts say start with some sunscreen. Don't forget to reapply throughout the day.

When it comes to SPF, keep it around 50. Doctors say anything more and you might not end up that much more protection.

If you find yourself with bad news about your skin, doctors say most people will survive and new treatments are very effective even if it's a serious life-threatening situation.

Holguin said everyone needs to be especially mindful about sun protection, doing self-examinations, and that even means looking at the soles of the feet and in between the toes.


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