1. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Why is this kind of skin care so important to dermatologists?
May is a great reminder about how serious the diagnosis of skin cancer can be — as well as chance to review your overall dermatological and skin health. Nearly 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are attributed to sunlight exposure; however, skin cancer can present in non sun exposed areas. UV radiation from the sun damages our skin and increases our risk.
2. Do dermatologists recommend getting a base tan?
It is not recommended. You are only exposing yourself to additional, harmful radiation. If you applied sunscreen during your travels and wore protective clothing, you would prevent a burn and protect yourself from UV radiation. Think about how much you already have been exposed to in your lifetime. Whether it is walking the dog, going to the store, gardening or sitting by a window, all that accumulation of the UV radiation is even more dangerous whether you sunburn or not. The other thing to remember is that it is the UV light, not the temperature that does all the damage. This happens the entire year, not just during the summer months or on vacation. And, don’t worry about getting enough vitamin D. Most people get enough Vitamin D from food and sunlight during daily activities. Yes, you can still get Vitamin D with your sunscreen!
3. Why are dermatologists so concerned about skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and is largely preventable. 1 out of 5 people in America will get skin cancer in a course of a lifetime and one person dies from melanoma every hour. By wearing daily sunscreen with reapplication, you can cut your melanoma risk in half.
Many people also think skin cancer is more of a concern for those living in tropical or very sunny areas. However, the reality is that the sunlight in all locations, including Chicago and the suburbs, can lead to skin cancer. So, if you live in Windy City, it’s always a good idea to consult a Chicago dermatologist with expertise in skin care.
4. What do dermatologists recommend?
You can Learn, Protect and Get Checked. Learn about skin cancer, how to do monthly self examinations and what to look for at the American Academy of Dermatology website. Protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more and reapply it every two hours. This can be a challenge in the beginning, but you have to remember that the sunblock only stays on your skin for so long. Get Checked by visiting your local dermatologist for an annual skin exam. Learn, Protect and Get Checked. It may save your life!
5. How can I schedule a skin check with a dermatologist in Chicago?
To schedule your annual body check please call:
- Chicago Dermatology Office: 312-263-4625
- Bourbonnais Dermatology Office: 815-933-2227