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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have basal cell carcinoma?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sunscreen is essential for protecting the skin, especially if you have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher before going outdoors. In addition, wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Try to avoid direct sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when sunlight is strongest. Ask your doctor about the best types of sunscreen for you.

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