House Calls

SUM 2018

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8 { summer 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s the buzz WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Though moles—or spots of pigmented skin cells—are typically benign, melanoma can manifest as a mole-like spot or growth. The Skin Cancer Foundation says adults should visit a dermatologist annually for an exam and do monthly checks at home. If you notice a spot with any of the following characteristics, have it inspected: 1 Asymmetry 2 Border: A blurred or hazy border 3 Color: Uneven coloration that may include dark brown, red, blue, or black 4 Diameter: An increase in size 5 Evolving: A change in shape, color, or size of a mole over a matter of weeks or months for: A Mole M O R E S U N B U R N F A C T S : Planning to hang in the sun for a while? The American Cancer Society recommends you adhere to the catchphrase "SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! ® AND WRAP": GETTING BURNED JUST ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS CAN TRIPLE your chance of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. – C A N C E R R E S E A R C H U K THE RATE AT WHICH MELANOMA CASES HAVE INCREASED OVER THE LAST DECADE. – S K I N C A N C E R F O U N D A T I O N 53% According to a 2013 study, a quarter of melanoma survivors never wear sunscreen. - Y A L E S C H O O L O F M E D I C I N E Sunshine is a star of the summer months, prompting us to hit the beach, lounge poolside, and host cookouts. But, of course, too much exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can lead to sunburn, a condition marked by red, itchy, painful skin that's hot to the touch. While symptoms typically clear up within three to five days, the damage caused by that UV exposure increases one's risk for multiple forms of skin cancer—roughly 9,500 cases of which are diagnosed in the U.S. each day. SUNBURN Most people only use 25-50% of the sunscreen needed to prevent burn. Apply 1 ounce (or a shot glass worth) of screen to the body 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and a nickel-sized dollop to the face alone. Reapply every 2 hours. – S k i n C a n c e r F o u n d a t i o n • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them. • Slip on a shirt. • Slop on sunscreen. • Slap on a hat. ROUGHLY 90% OF SKIN CANCERS ARE LINKED TO UV EXPOSURE. – S K I N C A N C E R F O U N D A T I O N SUNSCREEN WITH SPF (SUN PROTECTION FACTOR) 30 BLOCKS 97% OF THE SUN'S HARMFUL UVB RAYS FROM THE SKIN. – S K I N C A N C E R F O U N D A T I O N

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