Soaking up sun is one of the best parts of summer, but it can be harmful to your health. It’s estimated over 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. That means summer is a crucial time to learn about protecting your skin.
Skin Cancer: Know the Facts
The term “skin cancer” refers to a variety of cancers that arise from the skin. Skin cancers are divided into three main categories: basal-cell skin cancer, squamous-cell skin cancer, and melanoma.
While melanoma is particularly virulent, all skin cancers can be dangerous. The good news is skin cancer is highly preventable. Carefully regulating sun exposure and regularly wearing sunscreen will greatly reduce your chance of developing this disease.
But what about after skin cancer develops? Thankfully, skin cancer is often highly curable when detected early. That’s why regular check-ups are crucial.
A Yearly Skin Cancer Screening is Invaluable
Unlike many other cancers, skin cancer can often be spotted with a simple visual scan. For that reason, we urge all individuals to perform monthly head-to-toe self-checks. Do you notice any new moles? Are your existing lesions changing color or shape? Pay attention to what your skin is communicating. Catching these symptoms early can have a major impact on your prognosis.
If you see any suspicious growths, we urge you to have them examined by a qualified medical provider. Additionally, if you are over 40 or have a family history of skin cancer, you should schedule yearly screenings with a dermatologist.
Skin Smart offers full-body skin cancer screenings. Our dermatologists can also provide consultations about which type of sunscreen to use, guidance on skin cancer self-checks, and other services to promote your skin’s health.
To schedule a check-up or learn more about how you can care for your skin, please contact us at 215-836-7212 or pencil in an appointment with us online.
Who We Are:
At Skin Smart Dermatology and Skin Care Center, we’re devoted to helping our patients achieve healthy, radiant skin. Skin Smart is a team of dermatologists and aestheticians serving Jamison, Glenside, Lansdale, Chestnut Hill, Flourtown, Roxborough, Abington, Doylestown, Oreland, Warrington, New Britain, and other nearby communities.