Deerfield, IL Dermatologist
Deerfield Dermatology Associates
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 280
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 480-0004
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By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
January 14, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

Your Deerfield dermatologist recommends following these tips to prevent skin cancer.

Approximately one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. With melanoma incidence rates increasing over the last thirty years, it’s vitally important to be proactive about your skin care regime to ensure that you protect yourself against skin cancer. Your Deerfield dermatologist offers up the best ways to keep skin healthy.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people don’t wear sunscreen let alone wear it regularly. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or the middle of summer, or whether it’s cloudy or sunny; you should be wearing sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Here are some handy sunscreen application tips:

- Apply sunscreen generously about 15 minutes before going outside

- Opt for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and is water-resistant

- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or right after swimming

Know When to Go Outside

The sun’s rays are at their strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. While we don’t expect you to stay inside all day long, if you do go out be sure to not only wear sunscreen but also seek shade under awnings and trees whenever possible. If you want to enjoy a lovely jaunt in the warm summer weather, opt for either an early morning walk or late afternoon walk.

Say No to Tanning Booths

A tan is never good for your skin and tanning beds are even more dangerous, as they can mutate the DNA of your skin cells. Those who use tanning beds are more than twice as likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and almost twice as likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than those who do not use tanning beds. Even just opting for the tanning salon every once and a while can triple the likelihood of developing melanoma.

Wear Protective Clothing

When you go outside be sure to wear a long-brimmed hat to shield your delicate facial skin from the sun’s rays. Also, opt for tightly woven clothing that isn’t see through. The more skin you can cover the better protected you will be. Be sure to always wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes and eyelids from both melanoma and cataracts.

Your Deerfield dermatologist also offers skin cancer screenings. If you have noticed changes to your skin’s appearance or any new moles, then give us a call right away to schedule an appointment. The sooner you seek care the better!



Board Certified Dermatologists

Dr. Burton E. Silver, M.D., Emeritus
Marcia E. Johnson, M.D.
Jonathan A. Dalton, M.D.
Divya Singh-Behl, M.D.
Madhuri V. Konanahalli, M.D.

Stefanie Kadolph, MMS, PA-C

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