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May 3, 2021

Check & Protect During Skin Cancer Awareness Month! ☀️

The weather is warming up and people are ready to get back out into the world! Just remember, you need to be mindful of your skincare needs. The most important part of proper skincare is making sure you Check and Protect. Getting your skin checked by your dermatologist every year is very important, along with being proactive in protecting it against diseases and cancers.
 
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a timely reminder of the importance of annual skin checks. It’s the perfect month to focus on your skin because people are finally getting back to their lives and spending more time outdoors. As you slip on your swimsuit, shorts, and short-sleeve tops, remember that your skin still needs proper protection! Read on for our tips on how to sun safely.
 
Check Your Skin
Skin cancer is very common, and there are over 5 million cases diagnosed each year. However, it’s also important to note that skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers by ensuring that you receive proper yearly screenings and get your skin checked by a dermatologist. 
·      Early detection is key for all forms of cancer but can be especially helpful when it comes to skin cancer.
·      The earliest warning signs for skin cancer may not be easily identifiable, but a skilled dermatologist will know what to look for.
·      Plus, there are several parts of the body that you simply can’t see well enough. Taking the extra step to schedule a skin check will ensure that your skin is healthy and that you have no early warning signs of cancer. Be proactive in your health and schedule your appointment today!

Protect Your Skin
As we move into the warmer, sunnier months of the year, it’s a good idea to create some goals for your skin. While you should certainly work to properly cleanse and hydrate your skin, remember to go the extra mile to protect it, too. Here are a few quick tips:
·      Wear sunscreen and remember to reapply as directed
·      Seek shade when possible, but especially during the peak sunlight hours between 10 AM-2 PM
·      Avoid tanning, including indoor tanning beds
·      Wear proper clothing, hats, and sunglasses
·      Do skin self-exams each month, and notify your doctor of any changes
·      Wear sunscreen and remember to reapply as directed. Click below to shop our assortment of sunscreens, all 20% off all month long!

Schedule Your Annual Skin Check 
Need to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist? There’s no better time than now to book your annual skin check right before the busy summer months are here. Contact our office today to celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month the right way--with your annual exam. 


***Fast Facts About Skin Cancer***
·      1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70 years old.
·      Repeated sunburns increase your risk of developing melanoma
·      Melanoma five-year survival rate is 99% if detected early
·      90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are linked to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun