A Dermatologist’s Note for Summer Visitors
The most important cause of skin cancer is radiation from the sun, especially during those blistering summer days here and elsewhere. Avoid excessive exposure when your shadow is shorter than your height.
A Prescription for Common Sense –
Because sun damage to the skin is cumulative, years of unprotected sun exposure can result in a skin cancer. Therefore, protection from too much sun exposure should be everyone’s goal. Although a little sun (vitamin D) is good, too much is bad. Dermatologists recommend that protective clothing, sunscreen, and common sense are essential from the earliest age to the oldest.
Remember that for every sunburn, your risk of skin cancer doubles. Obviously, fair colored skin will burn more readily and is more at risk than darker skin to develop skin cancer.
In summary, enjoy the outdoors, use reasonable choices, and visit a dermatologist at the earliest sign of a suspicious lesion (a mole that changes color dramatically, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a lesion that is growing rapidly.)
Local dermatologists are skilled in choosing the best treatment for skin cancer depending on the type, size, location, functional and cosmetic result desired. The treatments done in Dr. Sotelo office includes:
- Electro surgery
- Topical chemotherapy
- Surgical Excision