However, it is imperative we use sun sense says Dr. Sandra E. Vause, the Medical Director at Vause Dermatology and Cosmetic Associates in Logan Township. The office has provided free skin cancer screenings for over 20 years. In 2012, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery awarded the office “TOP REGIONAL SCREENER”.
In preparation for the increased outdoor activities of summer, consider the following information provided by the American Academy of Dermatology:
Everyone is at risk for Skin Cancer. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime.
You can prevent and detect skin cancer. Prevent: Seek shade, cover up and wear sunscreen. See a dermatologist if you spot anything changing, itching or bleeding, and visit SpotSkinCancer.org for more information.
Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma and two most common forms of skin cancer. They can appear on any sun-exposed areas of the body, but are most frequently found on the face, ears, bald scalp and neck.
Basal cell carcinoma frequently appears as a pearly bump, whereas squamous cell carcinoma often looks like a rough, red scaly area, an ulcerated bump that bleeds, or a sore that won’t heal.
If left untreated these skin cancers can lead to disfigurement.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. New, rapidly growing moles or moles that itch, bleed, or change color are often early warning signs of melanoma and should be examined by a dermatologist.
More than two million people are diagnosed in the United States annually. Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years.
Caucasians and men over 50 years of age are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old with rates rising faster in 15 to 29 year old females than males.
Most basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas can be cured, especially if detected and treated early.
One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
To protect your skin, seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing, and apply sunscreen. Check your skin and see a dermatologist if you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding.
Sunlight consists of two types of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that reach the earth-ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Exposure to either can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone: seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A(UVA) and ultraviolet B(UVB) rays.
Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.