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Skin Cancer Awareness Event

Save the date! On May 23rd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we are hosting an event with EltaMD to spread skin cancer awareness! There will be a raffle to win FREE EltaMD products and a Skin Scope to show damage caused by the sun. Come anytime from 1pm-5pm to learn how EltaMD can help prevent further damage and protect you from skin cancer.
All EltaMD products will be 10% OFF during the event!

EltaMD Skincare Products - Skin Cancer Awareness Month

EltaMD on Half of Face Comparison - Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Our EltaMD broad-spectrum sunscreens help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, when used with other sun protection measures.

These sunscreens are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.

All EltaMD sunscreens are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens.

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Do You Use Protection from the Sun

Sun Protection Tips

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking “Do You Use Protection from the Sun?” and is encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors.

Did you know, UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer? Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk.

Early detection is key, call to schedule your skin check TODAY!

Call (801) 768-8800!

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To Protect Your Skin, Follow These Sun Protection Tips:

Tip #1 – Don’t skimp on sunscreen. 

Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your ears, neck hands, feet  and lips. Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen is a huge part in preventing skin cancer. Our EltaMD broad-spectrum sunscreens help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, when used with other sun protection measures.

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Tip #2 – Treat yourself to protective clothing and sunglasses.

Since no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays, wear clothing for added protection. Look for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants and sunglasses with UV protection.

Tip #3 – Make shade your new best friend.

When possible, seek shade, especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If there’s no shade around, create your own using an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat.

Tip #4 – Be extra careful around water, sand, and snow.

These surfaces reflect the sun’s rays, increasing your chance of sunburn.

Tip #5 – Say goodbye to Tanning

Tanning, both indoors and outdoors, can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. If you want that golden glow, use a self-tanner product instead. One indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%.

Tip #6 If you see something, say something.

When detected early, skin cancer, including melanoma, is highly treatable. Check your skin regularly. If you notice any new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything that is changing, itching, or bleeding. Contact us to get your skin checked by Dr. Myers or Dr. Harris today!

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Know Your Moles

It’s the season of heat, sunshine, and unfortunately, sun burns. Here’s what to watch for when it comes to skin cancer.

What’s the Difference Between a Mole and a Melanoma?

Mole: Clusters of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes), usually harmless.
Melanoma: The least common, but most dangerous kind of skin cancer that can arise on its own or in pre-existing moles.

What Should I Watch Out For?

A new mole has popped up. Should you be worried? New, harmless moles actually appear all the time before the age of 25, so a new mole isn’t automatically a dangerous thing.

dangerous moleWhat should cause you to consider having the mole checked out is if it is changing; becoming darker, grow rapidly, change color, shape, or border. Typically it is a changing dark flat mole that is enlarging that could be concerning. Sometimes moles that used to be flat become raised. In other cases, moles begin to bleed, itch, or scale. These signs should send you to the dermatologist right away.

Melanomas can be hard to spot and if you see anything suspicious, come in and see Dr. Myers or another Dermatologist.

What Areas Are Most At Risk For Other Skin Cancers?

Certain areas of the skin are often exposed to the sun without protection. These areas include the tips of your ears, and areas around the eyes. Basal cell cancers, which are the most common and the least destructive of the skin cancers, often appear in those areas such as the face or sun exposed arms or upper back. (near the eyes, and sides of the nose). Squamous cell cancers are also common but less common than basal cell carcinomas. They also arise on sun exposed areas such as the face and even ears and lips. Basal cell or Squamous cell cancers often start as a non healing sore.

Who Is Most At Risk For Melanoma?

Anyone can get skin cancers. However, people most at risk of getting melanoma have these traits:

  • Fair skin
  • Fair hair color
  • Blue eyes
  • More than 20 moles
  • Sunburned as a child
  • Family member with melanoma

If this describes you, don’t get burned, and do skin checks a couple times a year by yourself or with the help of a significant other.

How Can I Prevent UV Damage As I Travel?

As families head out on trips, it’s important to take the right precautions against sun damage. Sunburn in childhood is a risk factor for skin cancer later in life, so wear hats and protect babies and children against sunburn.

Midday, higher altitude, and being near to the equator should lead to taking more precaution. Lastly, remember that sunscreen usually takes about 15 minutes to be absorbed into the skin. Remember to reapply often if swimming or sweating.