The Connection Between Some Medications and Skin Cancer
Skin cancer, also known as melanoma, can be alarming at any age. It’s particularly risky for older adults, especially those with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems.
Most of us are aware that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. But did you know certain medications could increase this risk too? If this is news to you, you’re not alone!
Watch out for these types of medications:
- Water pills (diuretics)
- Blood pressure medications (antihypertensives)
- Erectile Dysfunction drugs
Remember, just because these medicines might increase skin cancer risk doesn’t mean you should stop using them. Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your medication regimen.
The good news is, if you’re taking one or more of these medications, you can still lead a healthy, skin cancer-free life. The key is to be extra careful when you’re in the sun.
What’s our best advice? Apply plenty of sunscreen (SPF 50+), especially to exposed skin areas. And don’t forget to wear wide-brimmed hats. These simple steps can help you enjoy the sun safely, without the worry of sunburns.