Sun exposure and UV rays can cause new moles to appear and turn humdrum ones into cancerous lesions, so protecting your skin from the sun is your first line of defence against skin cancer.
Keep your moles in check by practicing good sun habits and following the guidelines below. Be diligent about making them part of your everyday routine—remember, skin cancer develops over time and you’re playing the long game here.
- Avoid the sun during peak hours, when it’s at its strongest (between 11 am and 3pm)
Cover up with hats, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours.
86 % of melanomas are attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun
At La Roche Posay, we’re committed to helping you do everything you can to prevent skin cancer. This includes providing you with the most advanced sun protection technology available on the market: Anthelios.
ANTHELIOS: BECAUSE YOUR SKIN’S HEALTH IS OUR PRIORITY
Recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide, the Anthelios range of high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreens feature our patented XL Protect technology, the result of painstaking research and extensive clinical documentation.
Anthelios provides optimal protection from UVA and UVB rays, and comes in a variety of textures to suit different situations. Designed to comfort and protect even the most sensitive skin types, it is available in a fast-absorbing tinted cream, an ultra-light fluid, a gel-cream for oily skin, a moisturizing milk and a gentle formula designed especially for children.
Making powerful sunscreens like Anthelios part of your skincare routine can go a long way towards preventing moles from developing abnormalities and keeping your skin cancer-free. But while prevention is ideal, it’s also important to check your moles regularly and keep an eye out for suspicious changes in size, shape or colour. In cases where it if skin cancer has developed, early detection is key when it comes to treating and curing it successfully.
 Parkin DM, Mesher D, Sasieni P. Cancers attributable to solar (ultraviolet) radiation exposure in the UK in 2010. Br J Cancer 2011; 105:S66-S69.