From the office of Dermatologist, Dr. Keith A. Knoell, Valley Dermatology, Waynesboro, VA
The office serves Waynesboro, Staunton, Lexington and Harrisonburg, VA
Who’s at Risk for Skin Cancer?
The short answer is, everyone. If you are out in the sun for any length of time each day, you need to be wary of over exposure.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer?
If you notice a skin growth such as a mole or wart that has changed, becomes irregular in shape, size, color, or suddenly starts growing or bleeding, make an appointment with us right away.
If the growth becomes painful or itchy, it’s time to make an appointment with us.
Remember, no matter the color of your skin, if you’re in the sun, you are at risk for skin cancer. Those with fair skin are more susceptible for sure, but age is also a key risk factor.
Never underestimate the power of the sun!
How to Prevent Skin Cancer
Perform skin self-exams. Remember to check your scalp, ears, genitals, and buttocks.
Notice changes to your skin. If you see a new growth or the skin growths you already have suddenly grow or bleed, make an appointment with us right away!
Protect your skin using sunscreen and seeking shade, whenever possible, especially between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sun is strongest during these hours.
Protect your skin from the elements. Water, snow, and sand all reflect and intensify the sun’s effect on your skin.
Wear protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses, are all your best friends in protecting you from the sun’s rays.
Generously apply sunscreen. Don’t be shy! Wearing sunscreen every day cuts the risk of melanoma in half, according to studies. Re-apply ever two hours, even on cloudy days.
Protect your family. Make sure your kids are protected with sunscreen, too.
Never, ever use a tanning bed. Use a self-tanner instead. The UV light from tanning beds cause skin cancer and wrinkling.
Keep your appointment with your dermatologist. If skin cancer is detected, keep your appointment with Valley Dermatology! When detected early, skin cancer is almost 100% curable.
Early skin cancer treatment has a high cure rate. Don’t wait!
Schedule your appointment today.