In light of November’s designation as National Healthy Skin Month, the physicians at Affiliated Dermatology are focusing on skin cancer. Consider these statistics:
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes.
- On average, one person dies from melanoma every hour.
- Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early.
Affiliated Dermatology experts are available to discuss skin cancer prevention and treatment, including:
Who’s at Risk of Skin Cancer
- People with blond or red hair.
- People with skin that burns easily.
- People with more than 50 moles or large moles.
- History of excessive sun or tanning bed exposure.
- History of skin cancer.
- Caucasians and men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.
- While people of color have a lower risk of developing melanoma, the disease is often diagnosed at later stages in the skin of color, when melanoma is advanced and more difficult to treat.
How to Prevent Skin Cancer
- Avoid UV rays and make the shade your friend.
- Be extra cautious around water, snow, and sand because they reflect damaging rays and increase sunburn chances.
- Wear protective clothing and sunscreen.
- Avoid tanning beds.
- If a mole changes in size, shape or color or you notice a new or existing spot that itches or bleeds, you should see a board-certified dermatologist.
How to Choose and Use Sunscreen
- Look for a label that says ‘broad spectrum’ which protects from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays.
- Look for water-resistant with a sun protective factor (SPF) between 30 and 50.
- Apply at least 15 minutes before heading outside, even on cloudy days.
- Remember your neck, ears, and top of your head.
- Sunscreens labeled ‘non-comedogenic’ are best for people prone to acne.
- For lasting protection, it’s best to reapply every two hours.
- Using sunscreen daily can significantly reduce your skin cancer risk.
- It’s never too late to start using sunscreen.
About Affiliated Dermatology
Created in Arizona, Affiliated Dermatology is led by Arizona physicians dedicated to Arizona patients. Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Richard L. Averitte, Jr., Affiliated Dermatology has grown to seven locations providing skin cancer prevention and treatment, medical and aesthetic dermatology services, and allergy testing. In 2011, Affiliated Dermatology created a residency program to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to help meet Arizona’s increased demand. In addition, Affiliated Dermatology has its own, in-house CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory. Dr. Averitte also established the Arizona Skin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial aid to people with skin cancer who cannot afford treatment.