April 16, 2013

Head and Neck Cancer Prevention

An amended article in Compendium, originally from the Journal of the Colorado Dental Association,  describes the need for early detection of head and neck skin cancer.

The article states that 90% of skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV rays.  Protection measures:
  • avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm
  • wear UV-protected sunglasses and a hat with a 2-inch brim
  • wear protective clothing--long sleeves and clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor
  • use sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30
  • reapply sunscreen every 2 hours on the face and lips
  • wear lip balms with SPF 30
Skin cancer is largely preventable with the proper precautions.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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