Skin Cancer Awareness Month

by | May 15, 2014

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is skin cancer awareness month and with that in mind, the American Cancer Society is putting our reminders about skin and sun safety. Statistics show that over 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Protection and preparedness can be the best way to prevent you and your loved ones from getting skin cancer.

Before you can think about any kind of plastic surgery you want to consider the health of your skin and Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Brown focuses on your total skincare plan.

Cancer symptoms can include the following:

  • A smooth lump or mole that is also shiny
  • A red lump or mole that is somewhat hard to the touch
  • Sores that are resistant to healing
  • Sores that bleed or are crusty
  • Scaly or rough skin that are brown or red
  • Any new growth that looks atypical

Melanoma is the skin cancer that causes the most deaths. It occurs when skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) light. Because of this, protecting yourself from the sun is very important.

The following are some tips for staying protected in the sun:

  • Whenever possible, stay in the shade
  • Try to avoid midday sun
  • Cover exposed skin
  • Wear a hat that covers the ears, neck, and face
  • Wear sunglasses that are 100% UVA and UVA protected
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Reapply sunscreen after long periods of time or after swimming

If you want to learn more about how to have healthy looking skin contact Dr. Richard Brown  and he can help you with your skincare questions and needs.