According to Healthfinder.gov, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is caused by overexposure to UV radiation, either from the sun or sun lamps like those found in tanning booths. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. According to the Melanoma Research Alliance, rates of melanoma are rising rapidly even though cancer rates for other common cancers are declining. Fortunately, skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. For the month of May, the Melanoma Research Alliance is promoting safe skin health and encouraging everyone to learn more about melanoma prevention.

As we start another scorching summer in Georgia, it’s crucial to keep in mind the dangers of sun exposure. These tips will help you feel safe in the sun so you can enjoy the rays without worry this summer:

  1. Wear sunscreen everyday. You can find moisturizers and tinted creams that contain enough SPF to protect you!
  2. Avoid tanning booths or any extra UV ray exposure. If you’re really looking for some color, try a spray tan!
  3. Be vigilant in checking your skin for irregularities and visiting your dermatologist. The Melanoma Research Alliance has a helpful guide to help you prevent melanoma. When examining your skin, just remember to use the easy ABCDE acronym to remind you what to look for. They advise you to pay attention to moles or growths that are Asymmetrical, have an irregular Border, exhibit changes in Color, have a Diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have Evolved in size or thickness. If you think you may notice one or more of these signs, it’s important to contact your doctor immediately to ensure early detection.

Remember, skin cancer can almost always be cured when detected and treated early. Removal of the melanoma cells may leave minor scarring, but will ensure you are cancer free. If you have frustrating scars or sun/age spots, our laser skin resurfacing treatment can remove worry spots and refresh your skin’s natural glow. Give us a call at 404-257-9888 if you may be interested in one of our skin treatments and remember to keep your skin safe this summer.