Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sunshine invites increased risk of skin cancer
Marshall Dermatology offers tips for skin cancer prevention, detection

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —When spring sunshine gives way to summer heat, more people spend time outside and are exposed to the sun’s rays, putting them at an increased risk for skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 8,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, and one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of skin cancer and detect it in its earliest stages.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the skin care professionals at Marshall Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology ask the public to make sure their skin is “Looking Good in 2016” by practicing skin cancer prevention and performing regular skin self-exams.

It is important to first ask yourself these questions about sun safety and skin protection:

“Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, so watch for new or changing spots on your skin and make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist if you see anything suspicious,” said Dr. Charles L. Yarbrough, a board-certified dermatologist, professor of dermatology and chairman of the department of dermatology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “To reduce your risk of skin cancer and keep your skin looking good, make sure to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and stay out of indoor tanning beds.”

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, make a commitment to skin cancer prevention and detection. Dr. Yarbrough offers the following tips to make sure your skin is Looking Good in 2016:

Contact Marshall Dermatology at 304-529-0900 to discuss any suspicious spots on your skin, learn how to perform a skin self-exam, and get more skin cancer prevention and detection tips. 

For more information about how to prevent and detect skin cancer, including instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam, visit SpotSkinCancer.org. There, you can download a body mole map for tracking changes in your skin and find free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings in your area. SPOT Skin Cancer™ is the academy’s campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.

More information is also available on our Healthy Herd article, Keep Your Skin Looking Good in 2016

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Media Contact:  
Sheanna M. Spence
Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs and Community Relations
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
304-691-1639