Important Summer Tips for Women
Young women are the fastest growing demographic for developing skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, melanoma is the leading cause of cancer deaths for young women aged 24-29. The reason? Many still equate being tan with being healthy, happy and carefree.
Despite repeated messages about the dangers, young women are more frequently outdoors without adequate sun protection. Tanning beds are also a significant cause of skin cancers. Researchers estimate that indoor tanning beds may cause more than 400,000 new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. annually.
The good news is that melanoma is preventable and treatable. If detected early, melanoma has a 95% cure rate. Follow these important tips and protect yourself:
- Avoid tanning beds
- Wear an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every hour when you’re outdoors
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and clothes with UV protection
- See your dermatologist every 12 months for full body skin checks
- If your family has a history of melanoma, schedule skin checks every 6 months
You can even complete preventive skin checks at home. Read more here.
Have you had your skin check this year? Call our office at (301)698-2424 to schedule yours today.