Winter Sunscreen Use Crucial in Fight Against Skin Cancer Says Arizona Dermatology Practice Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale

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With one in five Americans projected to develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and Arizona home to some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the United States, dermatology specialists at the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale say Arizona residents should continue to use sunscreen throughout the winter.

The dermatology specialists at the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale say Arizona residents should continue to use sunscreen throughout the winter.

The sun is as potentially damaging during winter as any other season. Just because summertime is behind us, it doesn’t dilute the fact that sunscreen use is just as critical.

With one in five Americans projected to develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and Arizona home to some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the United States, the dermatology specialists at the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale say Arizona residents should continue to use sunscreen throughout the winter.

“The sun is as potentially damaging during winter as any other season,” said Robert J. Casquejo, PA-C and owner of Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale. “Just because summertime is behind us, it doesn’t dilute the fact that sunscreen use is just as critical in winter as it is in summer.”

With Arizona’s mild winter climate, residents and visitors treat the season much like summer months in other regions, breaking out bikes, hiking boots and walking shoes to enjoy Arizona’s cool winter days outdoors.

“In Arizona, we’re out and about year-round,” Casquejo said. “That translates into more opportunity for sun exposure and more reason to take precaution by using sunscreen daily during the winter months to protect the skin.”

According to Casquejo, those planning to travel to colder climates should pack and use sunscreen when they are outside, even in snow. Higher elevations means increased exposure to UV rays and stronger sunlight due to the reflective properties of snow.

“It’s important that people are applying sunscreen with a strong SPF to exposed areas of the skin throughout the day,” Casquejo said. “We want Arizona residents to understand that just because the seasons have changed, it doesn’t mean that the risk of sun damage has decreased.”

For more about skin cancer and skin health, visit the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale at http://www.betterskinarizona.com or call (480) 596-1110.

The Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale has offices in two Arizona locations at 10900 N Scottsdale Rd. #506, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 and 36800 N. Sidewinder Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

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