May 23, 2019 by John Fernandez
4 Ways to Protect Your Skin
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 24, as “Don’t Fry Day.” You’re encouraged to protect your skin on this day and every day while enjoying the outdoors. The Council offers an easy phrase about sun safety:
“Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!”
Pediatric Dermatologist, Ana Duarte, M.D., says excessive exposure can be detrimental to your health. Excessive sun exposure, she says, can cause accelerated aging, sunburns and, of the greatest concern, skin cancer.
Remember: a single sunburn can strike you twice…now and in the future. Short-term effects include freckles, blisters and possibly moles. Long-term damage, known by some dermatologists as the “Slow Burn,” includes premature aging (wrinkles, blemishes and sun spots) and a higher risk for skin cancer.
“Just one blistering sunburn acquired during childhood more than doubles your lifetime risk of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer,” Dr. Duarte said.
Here are tips Dr. Duarte recommends for protecting your own and your family’s skin:
Dr. Duarte suggests examining your own and your family’s skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths. Talk to your doctor about any skin changes you see.
“People of all ages, races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer, but it is curable if detected in its early stages,” she said.
If you have questions about skin cancer prevention or treatment, call Baptist Health’s Cancer Resource Service at 786-596-2430 or email CancerInfo@BaptistHealth.net.
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