The clocks have moved forward and with the change in time, we will likely get more exposure to the sun. Unprotected sun exposure has led to some of the most alarming statistics.
Here are the facts:
- Each year more than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.
- Every year there are more new skin cancer cases than the incidence levels of breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer combined.
- In fact, in the last 30 years more people have had skin cancer than all the other cancers.
- One in five individuals will develop skin cancer.
May is national Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and the physicians at Southeastern Plastic Surgery urge everyone to first, wear protection against sun exposure with an SPF of 30 or more and second, do a self-exam for unusual skin changes now or secure the help of a medical professional to do a skin cancer check.
“Florida is a beautiful state and people come here because we have wonderful, warm weather,” said Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., and board-certified plastic surgeon. “However, the warm weather lends itself to more people spending time outside. There are inherent dangers to too much sun exposure and we are seeing a rise in the number of people who have developed skin cancer.”
Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and is the easiest to cure if treated early. For self-exams, follow the ABCDEs.
- A is Asymmetry – Has a mole changed in size. Moles should be symmetrical. If you draw a line through the mole and the two halves do not match it is asymmetrical…a warning sign.
- B is for Border – A benign mole has smooth, even borders. A melanoma does not..another warning sign.
- C is Color – Benign moles are one color. So if you spot a mole with a variety of colors…a warning sign.
- D is for Diameter – Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter. Watch for a moles with a larger diameter.
- E is for Evolving – Look for the changes in a mole, whether it is changing color or size. Call a physician if you see a mole changing or evolving.
To learn more about skin cancer detection and prevention or services available at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, visit SPS online at se-plasticsurgery.com or find them on Facebook. Southeastern Plastic Surgery P.A. is located at 2030 Fleischmann Road in Tallahassee and can be reached at (850) 219-2000.