May is Melanoma Awareness Month

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In an effort to raise skin cancer awareness, the month of May has been designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.   The American Academy of Dermatology has also designated the first Monday of the month as Melanoma Monday to encourage everyone to learn to SPOT skin cancer.  Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, but when recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.  Skin cancer is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually. It is estimated that at present, about 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year.  Dr. Rosalyn George and her staff see skin cancers on a daily basis in her office, “It’s important to not only protect your skin, but to have regular checks as well”, says Rosalyn George.  “A skin-check is a non-invasive evaluation of your skin and is so easy for the patient there really isn’t a reason to not have your skin checked once a year, especially if you have a history in your family”

Melanoma Prevention Guide Lines:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.
    sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Individuals are also reminded to check for moles using the ABCDE’s warning signs of Melanoma, that include A for Asymmetry, B for Border irregularity, C for varying Color, D for Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser, and E for evolving size shape or color.

Here at WDC, we carry several different sunscreens to help you stay protected. Two of our favorite forms of SPF are the SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense and Cerave Sunscreen Body Lotion with SPF 50.  The Daily Physical Defense offers an oil and fragrance free formula, that is ultra sheer and provides broad spectrum defense against UVA/UVB rays. Cerave Body Sunscreen is also broad spectrum, lightweight, oil-free, and water resistant with  zinc and ceramides.

Have you ever wondered how you can protect that very delicate area around the eyes? We now carry the SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50! This product is  specifically for the unique structure of the thinner and more sensitive skin around the eye. It provides protection without migrating into and irritating the eyes. A unifying tint enhances skin tone while ceramides nourish, creating a perfect canvas for makeup application.

For more information or to schedule your yearly skin check contact the WDC experts!

Source: skincancer.org, aad.org

 

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