Who doesn’t love this time of year? It’s warm, sunny and all about fun! The truth is all that “fun in the sun” can be dangerous. The sun, with all is benefits can wreak havoc–and danger on your skin. Beyond sun burn or dryness, the sun can trigger skin cancer.
So how can we protect ourselves? Once again we talked to Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a board certified dermatologist practicing in Manhattan and New Jersey to get to the facts about skin cancer:
JGS: What are the different types of skin cancer?
Dr. Baxt: Basal cell is the most common cancer in humans and the most common skin cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma comes next and then malignant melanoma which is the worst kind and can metastasize and be deadly.
JGS: What are the warning signs? What should a person look for in their skin?
Dr. Baxt: Anything growing, changing size shape or color, itching, bleeding, anything new on the skin, and lesions that are red white blue or black, irregular in shape or size.
JGS: Are persons who have moles more susceptible to skin cancer?
Dr. Baxt: Sometimes. People with dysplastic nevus syndrome are more likely to get melanoma. Not all moles are dysplastic though.
*NOTE* According to skincancer.org, dysplastic nevus is a mole whose appearance is different from that of common moles. Dysplastic nevi are generally larger than ordinary moles and have irregular and indistinct borders. Their color frequently is not uniform and ranges from pink to dark brown; they usually are flat, but parts may be raised above the skin surface.
JGS: Can people of color get skin cancer?
Dr. Baxt: Yes, and its more common on the hands and feet.
JGS: Aside from using lotion with SPF, what else can be done to reduce the chances of getting skin cancer?
Dr. Baxt: Seek shade, wear a big hat, wear clothes, examine your own skin seek medical attention for anything new or changing, reapply sunblock often, and see your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening.
So, you can enjoy the sun and be safe. Aside from the protective measures, check your skin and watch for changes. You are the first defense again skin cancer.
Check out Dr. Rebecca Baxt at www.cosmedical.com
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If you live in the New Jersey and/or New York City area, check out her offices:New Jersey Office 201-265-1300 x5 351 Evelyn Street/ Paramus, NJ 07652 ***********
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