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Did you know skin cancer is on the rise?  Yes, this is true of all types of skin cancers, ranging from basal cell carcinoma (BCCA), squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA) and melanoma.  

A few things that you can do to reduce the risk of forming skin cancers are:  

1) Apply good sun screen all the time when you are out and about.  What I mean by good is not necessarily something with a high SPF but one that has a combination of SPF of say 20-25 and above coupled with a physical blocker like zinc or titanium oxide.  The percentage of zinc or titanium oxide should be about 10%.   This block the suns rays from penetrating the skin more effectively.  

2) Stay covered.  If you are going to be working in the garden, hanging out at the beach or park, wear a wide rim hat that keeps your face covered.  Also, long sleeve sun protective apparel is great to keep the UV rays from ever getting to your skin.  You can find sun protective clothing online at stores such Sun Precautions in La Jolla, CA.  

3) Finally, see your dermatologist once a year for a head to toe skin check.  Picking up on early skin cancers can save you from having a large surgery and subsequent scar need to remove them.  This is especially true for people who have lighter skin types and have had a history of sun tanning.  

Remember, if you like the look of a nice tan, turn to spray tanning or skin bronzers.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 5, 2009
    • Especially those of us that live in sunny California. estatic

      Thanks for the reminder.



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      Denis B wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Do you have a preference on the brand of the sun screen?

      I always wonder if one is better than the other.



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      Amir Karam wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • [Link Removed]makes a good line of sun screens as well.. but you need to get this at a doctors office.  

      For heavier sun or with water sports... you can order [Link Removed]from Sun Precautions online.  

      Thanks.


      Drkaram, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • good advice. I sometimes wonder if many people don’t know just how serious skin cancer is. They think “oh, I can just go to the doctor and have it zapped off my skin” Great reminders of how important sunscreen is!



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      Amir Karam wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Believe me.. I have had to reconstruct some major defects related to skin cancers on the face. So, yes it is better to prevent them or catch it early!



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      Surface1969 wrote Apr 9, 2009
    • I, frankly, don’t think people have any idea how serious skin cancer is.  I was diagnosed with melanoma while pregnant.  The tumor was removed shortly after my daughter was born and did leave an ugly scar.  But, that wasn’t the worst of it.  A year later is spread to my spine and into my lungs.  My prognosis was not a good one.  The doctors told me my chances of surviving more than a year were between 6 -9%.  I ended up at the National Cancer Institutes in Bethesda, MD.  (NIH) and underwent Interleukin II treatment and have been cancer free for 3 years now.  However, most of the people I met who were going through the same treatment I was, lost their battle and are no longer alive.  

      Please, please, please... wear sunscreen... put it on you children, always!!  And stay out of tanning beds.  There are lots of wonderful spray tanning/bronzers on the market now.



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