Category Archives: Skin Cancer Prevention

Some Great Summer Safety Tips to Protect Your Skin

Over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other mom-applying-sunsreencancers combined. Today, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of his or her lifetime. This is an alarming fact, considering what little we actually know about sun safety and how our protection from the sun is inherently flawed. Here are some important sun safety tips about what you can do to protect your skin and even safe your life.

As consumers, we trust sunscreen products far too easily, doing little to assess what the numbers after the “SPF” sign mean or caring to look at the ingredients list at the back of the package. The math isn’t adding up in the way you might think, and the chemicals used to make sunscreen aren’t exactly the purest of the bunch.

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Great Tips For Treating A Bad Sunburn

intro-sunburnYou were out on the boat all day, you forgot to reapply sunscreen and before you knew it, you scored a nasty sunburn. Or maybe you were just mowing the lawn for an hour -– maybe it was even cloudy -– and it didn’t even cross your mind to put on sunscreen. Now you’re scorched.

No matter how many times we’re told we should use sunscreen every day, sometimes we fail. And when that happens, and your skin is blazing red, you’ve got to treat it. “Sunburn may seem like just a temporary situation,” says Robert Friedman, M.D., a dermatologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“It looks bad, it hurts, it peels, but it can also cause long-lasting damage to the skin, such as wrinkles or even skin cancer.”

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Skin Cancer Screening

Looking out for Skin Cancer

Get a total body check to screen for Skin Cancer because early detection is the key.

Dermatologists have special training that includes the diagnosis and management of skin cancers. When you see a dermatologist for a complete skin checkup, expect a 10-15-minute visit, including a review of your medical history and a head-to-toe skin examination. This is a good time to ask about any spots you are worried about; your dermatologist can educate you about what to look for, such as any changes in the size, color, borders, or shape of a mole.

Why have a total body check done by a dermatologist?Skin Cancer Screening

  • Your skin covers and protects your body and is very important for your health. Skin Cancer is the most common type of skin cancer in the US and affects over a million people a year.
  • Early detection is the key- if detected early treatment is simple, quick and effective in the most common forms of Skin Cancer.
  •  A total body check is quick, easy and painless.

When it comes to protecting yourself against skin cancer, the key tip is to get your clothes off – all of them.

Although it’s common sense, when checking for dubious spots, lesions, freckles or moles, you should check your entire body. Evidence suggests that doctors – and those of us who do self-checks – don’t check the entire body.

Fortunately, the majority of skin cancers found each year are basal cell or squamous cell – the types that have a very high chance of being cured. The National Cancer Institute estimated that fewer than 1,000 people died from these “non-melanoma” cancers in 2008. Melanoma is another story, affecting over 62,000 Americans a year and causing over 8,400 deaths. The majority of melanomas occur in older patients but almost 1 percent are diagnosed under age 20 and almost 8 percent are found between ages 20 and 34. So you’re never too young to start thinking about ways to prevent skin cancer and ways to keep track of what’s happening with your skin.

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