Skin cancer happens in the most unlikely places.
Like in your car. And on your favorite sofa.
Every day, when you least expect it, your skin absorbs the sun’s
damaging UVA rays, whether outside or through windows. And it’s the
cumulative effect of daily sun exposure that predisposes your skin
to cancer. You can even get skin cancer in places that have never
seen the sun, like the bottom of your feet. Prevention with
sunscreen, sun avoidance, and regular skin examinations by a
dermatologist are your best ally, no matter what your age or
activity. Get educated about the types of sunscreens that are most
effective, like those with zinc or titanium dioxide. Teach your
children the importance of sunscreen, too, by applying it on them
each morning, even when inside, and reapplying often.
In addition to sunscreen, pay attention to
changes in your skin. If you notice a new spot (pink or brown) or a
mole that changes, don’t wait. Come in and let us examine it. Early
detection of skin cancer is important. If you’re 35 or older, make
sure you get a comprehensive skin exam from your dermatologist at
least once a year. Don’t recall the last one you had? Never had one?
Make an appointment today.
Village Dermatology boasts innovative
technology for treating skin cancer and precancers, including
Light Photodynamic Therapy. Usually covered by insurance, this
light-based in-office treatment is very effective for actinic keratoses (precancers), less painful than other methods, offers
longer remission times and a better cosmetic outcome.