Summer is finally here! With the beautiful weather that we have been having here in Cleveland, it is understandable that you want to spend every minute that you can outside in the sun! While Dr. Quereshy is never one to be a joy kill, he and his team at Visage Surgical Institute would like to remind you that sun exposure and skin cancer are closely related. Know your “ABC’s” as you step outside this summer.
A is for Are You at Risk?
Many factors are at play when it comes to determining your individual risk of developing skin cancer, including:
- Genetic predisposition
- Having fair features (skin, eyes, and hair)
- Excessive sun exposure
- Age—people older than 50 are at a higher risk
Regular users of tanning beds are also at a much higher risk of developing skin cancer as are those who find that they easily or frequently experience sunburns.
B is for Behold, Melanoma is the Worst
While there are many forms of skin cancer, the deadliest is melanoma. This year, it is estimated that over 87,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma. When detected in its early stages, the survival rate is about 98 percent for patients in the US. We are proud to offer our patients a number of skin cancer treatments at our Medina office.
C is for Care for Your Skin with a Monthly Self-Exam
We understand just how busy you are. It only takes ten minutes once a month to check yourself for signs of skin cancer. What are you looking for? Consider the ABCD and E’s of skin cancer:
- A is for Asymmetry: Both sides of a mole should match the other
- B is for Borders: Unhealthy moles will have rugged, notched, or blurred borders
- C is for Color: Be on the look out for moles that vary in color
- D is for Diameter: While they can be smaller, melanomas are usually around six millimeters in diameter when diagnosed
- E is for Evolving: Healthy moles will stay consistent in size, shape, and color
It is also recommended that you visit a skincare professional once a year for a full exam.
D is for Don’t Forget to Protect Your Skin
Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen every morning is essential for protecting your skin. Dr. Quereshy also advises his patients to protect themselves by wearing long sleeves, a sun hat, and sunglasses whenever possible. Small steps like these can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Visage’s very own Dr. Usman is sure to be toting Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 with her wherever she goes this summer! Not only does this skincare product from ZO® Skin Health provide proper broadband protection from the sun, it acts as a sheer tinted primer! With customizable color beads, Oclipse Smart Tone is able to match any skin tone.
Dr. Quereshy Wants You to Enjoy Your Summer
Taking preventive action is key to protecting yourself against skin cancer. You are sure to enjoy yourself knowing that you are taking care of your skin—take time this month to take care of your skin by scheduling a consultation at Visage Surgical Institute.