Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are You at Risk For Skin Cancer? Find Out!

With more than a million new cases in the US each year, skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the country.  A serious and potentially life-threatening condition, our practice is committed to spreading awareness, emphasizing the importance of regular skin cancer screenings and, for the purposes of this article, helping patients understand their risk level. Do you know what to watch out for?

Here’s our list of who’s at risk: Those with fair skin. Those with a light skin tone – as well as those with light eyes and blonde or red hair – tend to be at a higher risk for developing skin cancer.  This is because those with a fairer complexion tend to have less skin pigment, which can offer natural, ultraviolet protection.

Those with a history of sunburns. Those with a history of sunburns need to be extra careful when it comes to screening for skin cancer.  In fact, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “A person’s risk for melanoma … doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.

Those with a family history. Like many forms of cancer, skin cancer can have a genetic component.  Those with a family history tend to be at a greater risk for developing the condition.

Those who spend a lot of time in the sun. If your job requires you to be in the sun a lot – or if you frequently go tanning – your risk of developing skin cancer can be greater.  To reduce your risk, make sure you avoid UV exposure when possible and use a good, daily sunscreen.Everyone! Simply put, everyone is ultimately at risk for developing skin cancer.  Even if you don’t fall into one of these “high risk” categories, make sure you’re utilizing proper sun protection, coming in for regular skin cancer screenings and checking for any suspicious growths or changes in your skin.  Also, find out what tanning can mean for your heath and appearance!

Skin Cancer Screenings in Lawrenceville

How long has it been since your last skin cancer screening?  Contact our offices today and schedule your appointment.  Our offices are located in Lawrenceville, and you can reach us directly at 770-817-2592.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

1 comment:

  1. Despite skin cancer being a very treatable form of cancer, it is required that it is identified in the early stages and monitored to get the correct treatment swiftly. Leaving skin cancer untreated may make it spread in other bits of the body and affect the person's survival rate.

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