House Calls

SUM 2019

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2019 } 29 damaging sunrays, but beach visits aren't the only outings that calls for sunscreen. The AAD recommends everyone use water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a 30+ SPF every day they plan to be outside. Further fortify your skin's defenses by seeking shade during peak daylight hours (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and donning clothing and hats with plenty of coverage. At least once a year, your primary care doctor or a dermatologist should evaluate your skin. Given the level of sun exposure we get here in the Lowcountry, Dr. Rahbar asks to see patients with a history of skin cancer or numerous moles at regular intervals that may be as short as three months. And the Skin Cancer Foundation stresses the importance of at-home self checks, suggesting you "check your birthday suit on your birthday" each year, if not more frequently (once a month is ideal). Remember: We wear our largest organ on the outside and its job—protecting all other organs—is a crucial one. "Caring for your skin isn't a superficial or vain pursuit," says Dr. Rahbar. "It's a vital part of overall wellness." "Caring for your skin isn't a superficial or vain pursuit—it's a vital part of overall wellness." DR. FIONA RAHBAR According to the American Academy of Dermatology, just one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can almost double a person's chance of developing melanoma. P H O T O G R A P H S K I N C R E A M B Y A L E N K A D R / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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