Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, yet is also one of the most common cancers in the United States.
Approximately 90 percent of nonmelanoma and 85 percent of melanoma cases are related to sun exposure.
West Michigan Woman spoke with board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of West Michigan to learn how you can protect yourself and loved ones. They recommend following these guidelines to help protect your skin:
DON'T go in direct sunlight during peak UV exposure times, between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instead, seek shade, never use tanning beds and avoid exposing newborns to direct sunlight.
DO cover up with clothing and UV-blocking sunglasses. Be sure to use a UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, examine your skin every month and call your dermatologist if you see a change, and see a board-certified dermatologist at least once a year for a thorough skin examination.
Having your skin checked yearly by a board-certified dermatologist isn't only recommended—it's necessary. Dermatologists have extensive training related to skin conditions and are able to diagnose and treat skin cancers early.
When found early, skin cancer has a high cure rate and is easier to treat. In recent years, there have been many advances in diagnosing and treating this disease. The physicians at Dermatology Associates continuously seek out the latest diagnostic tools and treatments and invest in the best and latest technology.
Because not all sunscreens are created equally, Dermatology Associates of West Michigan offers carefully selected sunscreens for quality and effectiveness via their Skin Renewal Centre.
West Michigan summers are amazing to experience. Make sure you safely enjoy this summer and protect your beautiful skin.
Courtesy of Dermatology Associates of West Michigan.