If we’re honest, most of us know about skin cancer and that we have the power to prevent it. However, life is busy and we get lazy about taking precautions. Houston board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Anthony Nikko wants to remind his patients and the general public what they can do to prevent skin cancers. Though there are many kinds of skin cancer, the most common are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (the most lethal). The best thing you can do is to avoid direct sun exposure when possible. When you must be in the sun, apply sunscreen to the exposed skin and wear protective clothing. Be extra careful around water, snow, and sand because they cause the sun’s rays to reflect in a stronger form, which can burn your skin quickly. By all means, do not use tanning beds or booths, despite the promises of a “safe tan.” The radiation from tanning beds and booths is more harmful than the sun. If you have suspect moles or patches on your skin, it is very important to have a dermatologist evaluate your skin right away. For more information on caring for your skin, visit www.drnikko.com, and for more information on your skin condition, contact the office of Dr. Anthony Nikko.