Proper screening is an essential part of preventive care and especially important when it comes to early detection of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, accounts for almost 9,000 of the nearly 12,000 skin cancer deaths each year.
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is the first step in preventing skin cancer and other damage to the skin that may cause premature aging. Other occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium can carry hidden risks for skin cancer as well.
Wearing sun screen or a lotion with built-in SPF provides a protective barrier for the skin and proactively prevents further damage to help you maintain your good health. Understanding your risk factors, such as a family history of skin cancer, and receiving regular cancer screenings also help to prevent skin cancer. Finding cancer in its early stages allows you to receive the most effective treatment for the best possible outcome.If you would like to arrange a non-urgent appointment with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact us.