It is national UV Awareness Month, and we at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology would like to take a moment to remind our patients about the importance of protecting your skin from UV rays. UV rays have a number of harmful side effects, ranging from the development of dark spots to skin cancer. However, it is fairly easy to protect the skin from these harmful rays: simply make sure to wear sunscreen every day, reapplying as necessary, and stay in the shade as much as possible during especially bright days. Hats are also a good idea, as they protect the top of the head as well as the face from the sun.
Skin cancer is the number one most common type of cancer in America, despite the fact that it is also the easiest to guard against. There are many different types of skin cancer, with melanoma being the deadliest. However, even melanoma can be treated effectively if it is caught early enough. For this reason, it’s important to have regular skin cancer screenings and to have any discolorations in the skin examined by a board-certified dermatologist. The dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology conduct skin cancer screenings year round!
Skin cancer is most common on the left side of the body, due to sun penetrating through the car window on the commute to and from work. Many people don’t bother with sunscreen if they don’t think they will be outside for a significant amount of time, but sun damage accrues gradually with each exposure, including in the car. If a precancerous lesion is caught early enough, it can usually be treated with PDT, or photodynamic therapy. If the skin cancer has progressed, surgery to excise it is usually the best option. Wearing sunscreen every day, including in winter and on cloudy days, can help lessen the chances of developing skin cancer and needing to have it treated!
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