Everyone Should Have a Skin Cancer Screening
Posted on: April 10, 2019
Spring: The Perfect Season for Skin Care Screenings
With spring upon us and summer right around the corner, the days are getting longer and warmer. People are shedding their winter clothes and replacing them with shorts, tank tops, and swimwear. Unexposed skin is catching its first rays of sunlight after the long, winter months, and this can be hazardous if appropriate skin care products are not used to protect the skin. You should take the spring season to review and replenish your current supply of skin care protection products as well as schedule an annual skin cancer screening.
Annual skin care screenings to check for any unusual moles or other signs of skin cancer are important. Early detection is key in treating the different types of skin cancer. The sooner your doctor identifies that you have cancer, the sooner it can be treated. Leaving cancer untreated can cause it to spread to other parts of your body and ultimately lead to your death. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 20 people die each day in the United States from skin cancer.
The best way to prevent yourself from becoming a cancer statistic is to take steps to prevent and detect the disease. Preventing the disease starts with wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen every day. When outdoors in direct sunlight for significant periods of time, it's important to use a higher SPF and regularly reapply it. You should also ensure your skin is appropriately cared for, which a day spa can help with.
Early detection comes from scheduling a regular appointment with your dermatologist. This checkup can determine if any trouble spots exist that may need a more in-depth screening or biopsy. The best way to ensure you get your annual screening is to schedule it for the same time each year. Spring provides the perfect opportunity for this as you can associate your annual checkup with getting your skin ready for warmer days.