July 17, 2011

Treatment performed for non-melanoma skin cancers in the United States nearly doubled from 1994 to 2006, according to a new study, and this is an alarming number since skin cancer is preventable with some behavioral changes. It is very treatable when caught early, thus the suggestion that everyone check their bodies for abnormalities on their birthdays.

To minimize risks of skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Seek shade
  • Protect children from sun exposure
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand
  • Get vitamin D safely
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday

For more information about skin cancer, visit the SkinCancerNet section of www.SkinCarePhysicians.com.