Rolling Meadows, Ill. (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year – more than cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, colon, uterus, ovaries and pancreas combined.
As warm and comforting as the sun feels on the skin in the moment, it’s just as dangerous in the long term. The rise in the prevalence of skin cancer mostly is due to overexposure by teenagers, leading to problems later in life. As such, this “lifestyle disease” is very much preventable.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery(ASDS) partnered with Neutrogena four years ago to create Choose Skin Health, resulting in more than 6,500 free skin cancer screenings. One in 10 people undergoing the screenings were diagnosed with skin cancer.
The goal of Choose Skin Health is to encourage the practice of sun-safe behaviors, including skin cancer prevention through screenings, the regular use of sunscreen and monthly self-exams. An ASDS online search feature makes it easy to find a dermatologist offering free skin cancer screenings in your area.
“Ninety percent of skin cancers are related to ultraviolet ray damage, and most of that damage occurs to young people,” said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “If you choose to have fun in the sun, you need to take the necessary precautions. Skin cancer is too great a threat to be taken lightly.”
You can’t always avoid the sun, but you can avoid skin cancer with these five important tips:
“It’s human nature for people to want to enjoy the sun,” Flynn said. “Just as with everything else, though, moderation, taking the proper precautions and regular screenings are the keys to lessening the prevalence of skin cancer.”
About the ASDS
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit http://www.asds.net.