You won’t know if you don’t go
There are many contributors to skin cancer including exposure to the sun, family history, your age and skin type.
The skin is your body’s largest organ. For many of us it’s only a matter of time before cancerous growths or precancerous lesions appear.
The most important thing to remember is you won’t know for certain if you have them unless you go to your dermatology provider and have your skin checked.
Many of us will get a clean bill of health and that’s great news. Others will have pre-cancerous lesions that will be treated by your dermatology provider to keep them from becoming skin cancer.
Some of us unfortunately will have dangerous skin cancer growths, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas, that only a dermatology provider can diagnose, have tested, treat and remove.
It will also be critical for you to establish an ongoing regimen of skin checks with your dermatology provider to monitor for possible future cancerous growths.
This can seem scary but it doesn’t have to when you have a local, caring, expert dermatology provider on your side.
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. So there are ways you can avoid it whatever your age. Especially if you start in your younger years.
At the top of the list of course is protecting your skin. Remember 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Tanning beds are also a culprit. Self and partner skin checks are also important.
Commit yourself to using sunscreen every day, like Dr. Brazil’s favorites ISDIN, EltaMD or Revision, yes even in the cloudy Pacific Northwest. And get in the habit of sporting hats and other clothing that help give your skin a break from the sun’s harmful rays.
So visit us, we’re here to help. Consider it a gift to yourself and those you love this May, Skin Cancer Awareness Month.