ARTICLES ON HEALTH
Protect Your Skin This Summer: Skin Cancer Awareness Month
featuring David Roy, DO, Dermatology
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases every year than the combined cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.
“Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life,” explains Dr. David Roy, Dermatologist, who sees patients at Stone County Hospital’s Wiggins Family Medical Clinic.
Dr. Roy offers the following advice to reduce your skin cancer risk:
• Use a sunscreen of SFP of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water resistant sunscreen with an SFP of 30 or higher.
• Apply sunscreen to your entire body (don’t forget your ears and tops of your feet!) 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
• Cover up with clothing, including a broad brimmed hat and UV-blocking sun glasses.
• Do not burn. A person’s risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, doubles if he or she has had ﬁve or more sunburns at any point in their life.
• Seek the shade. Especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
• Just say NO to tanning booths. Those who make just four visits to a tanning salon per year can increase their risk for melanoma and two of the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 15 percent.
The keys are to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and conduct regular head-to-toe skin exams to catch potential skin cancers. Schedule your appointment today with Dr. Roy by calling 601.336.5626.