Summer is Coming! Protect Your Skin!
I’m sure most of us happy that the days are getting longer and summer is on its way. So it’s that time of year again to remind you all about how this lovely sun also has a dark side!
Every time our skin is exposed to sunlight, ultraviolet (UV) rays begin to damage the upper layer of cells known as the epidermis, eventually causing us to look visibly older. UV rays are divided up into two different types, UVA which penetrates deep into the skin and induces the production of melanin (tanning), and UVB which is responsible for common sunburn. UVA rays damage below the surface and with continual exposure, this can cause skin to assume a leathery appearance. And of course prolonged exposure to these rays can lead to skin cancer.
Sunscreen protection is vital to protecting the skin and preventing premature skin aging and skin cancer, and not just in summer. In winter we are still being exposed to the UV rays even on cloudy days.
Hats, sunscreen and staying out of the sun at peak times are all great skin protection and sun damage preventative tools, but one big one is missing. Regular skin checks by a doctor who has a special interest in skin cancer medicine should also be included.
At Hampstead Health Family Practice we have a bulk billing skin cancer clinic available to perform these important skin checks.
What’s involved with having a skin check at our skin cancer clinic?
Our Doctors will look at your skin using a Dermoscope, including any spot that you have noticed changes in or are deemed suspicious. If skin cancer is suspected, a biopsy will usually be performed to confirm the diagnosis.
Punch biopsies can be performed on the premises and is a quick procedure. Our Doctor will give you an injection to numb the area, and a small sample of the tissue will be collected to be sent away for analysis. A very quick and easy procedure for peace of mind.
So be sure to include regular skin checks as part of your sun protection regime. Don’t forget….over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early!