GUEST: Dr. Foster discusses skin cancer

GUEST: Dr. Foster discusses skin cancer

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With summer almost here, many people will be spending more time in the sun. But in order to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, there are few things that must be kept in mind.

Dr. Greg Foster of Columbus Regional Health's family residency program joins us to discuss this issue.

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. To prevent skin cancer, Foster advises you stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and stay in the shade. Try to wear bright-colored clothing that blocks the sun's reflective light. Wear sunglasses that wrap around the face and a wide-brimmed hat. And always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, preferably higher.

Most people don't apply enough sunscreen, or apply it as often. You should apply about a golf ball sized amount of sunscreen to your body every two hours.

One sign of skin cancer is a legion on the skin that grows, changes color, or has asymmetrical borders. If it bleeds or is bigger than the tip of a pencil eraser, have a doctor examine it.

Watch the video for more details.

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