The following are ways to decrease your chance of developing basal cell carcinoma:
- Reduce sun exposure especially by wearing sunscreen, long sleeves and slacks, and hats.
- Stay out of the sun during midday hours.
- People who ski and enjoy other winter sports should be aware that UV light is stronger at higher elevations, and should take precautions (eg, wearing sunscreen).
- At-risk adults should examine themselves monthly and get an annual full-body exam by a dermatologist to check for moles, freckles, and other growths.
- Limit sun exposure/tanning for children and teens.
- Learn to recognize early basal cell carcinoma and seek treatment.
- Some patients can take a retinoid (eg, vitamin A1) to help prevent a return of the cancer.