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Posts for: April, 2015

By Larry Landsman M.D., P.A.
April 14, 2015
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer - it affects 1 in 5 Americans at some point in their lives. While it can be cured if caught early, why should anyone have to put up with the worry and treatment involved in eliminating basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma or the potentially deadly Skin Cancer melanoma?

An old adage says that "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Dermatologists across the United States would agree. Here are several common sense ways to protect you and yours from skin cancer.

Protection #1: Look at your skin regularly. Know if spots or moles are changing - a common sign of developing cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation says everyone should know these ABCDE's of detecting melanoma:

A: if a mole becomes asymmetrical, show it to your doctor right away.
B: The borders of a mole should be smooth. Danger signs are an uneven or notched edge.
C: Color of a non-cancerous mole is typically brown. Multiple colors may indicate cancer.
D: Diameter of a mole should be smaller than a pencil eraser. Bigger may mean melanoma.
E: When a mole evolves or changes, beware, and see your Vero Beach, FL  dermatologist, Dr. Larry Landsman.

Protection #2: Consult a dermatologist for a routine skin exam every year, beginning at age 40.

Protection #3: Enjoy the sunshine but recognize its dangers. Do everything to limit exposure. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention emphasizes that the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can burn and damage the skin within 15 minutes.

How to limit sun exposure and lower your cancer risk

Basically, people need to put something in between their skin and the sun. One of the simplest barriers is the shade. When your time out in the sun reaches the 15 minute mark, go indoors, under a tree or under a beach umbrella. Dermatologists recommend that everyone should avoid the direct sun during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, sun which reflects off water, sand, concrete, and snow can be damaging, too, and take precautions even on foggy and cloudy days.

In addition, cover up. Wear light, long-sleeved clothing and a hat with a wide brim. Surprisingly, dark colors are best, and dry clothes confer more protection than wet ones. Choose quality sunglasses for you, your adult family members and for little ones, too. Sunglasses should wrap around the face, keeping sunshine from entering from the sides.

Another important way to limit sun exposure is consistent application of sunscreen lotion. Look for a product that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and apply it to all areas of exposed skin, including tops of the ears and back of the neck.

The Aesthetic Dermatology Center of Vero Beach

The beautiful state of Florida is well-known for brilliant sunshine. Dr. Landsman, your Vero Beach dermatologist, wants your sun exposure to be sensible and your skin cancer-free. For a skin check-up and to address concerns you may have regarding your skin, call Dr. Landsman: 772-562-7546.