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In the News: Protecting Kids and Dermatology Surgery

Protecting Kids From Skin Cancer: Utah a National Leader

Did you know that Utah is one of the only states in the country that has legislation ensuring that children have access to sunscreen at school? In fact, only four other states have similar legislation.

In many states, children are not allowed to use sunscreen at school without a physician note. This is because sunscreen is regulated as an over-the-counter drug. The CDC reports that only 10% of students regularly use sunscreen, which is unsafe! UV rays can damage skin in as a little as 15 minutes, research shows.

Utah weather is heating up, so parents should help their children take the right precautions, especially because kids spend so much time outside in the summer. Provide kids with sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection. Keep a bottle by the door. Ears, noses, lips, and tops of the feet are important areas to remember. Keep risk of skin cancer low for your kids!

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Patients Prefer Dermatologic Surgeons For Many Procedures

Many wonder why they can’t simply go to a primary care physician to deal with their skin issues. But recent research shows that dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons are the preferred choice for things like skin cancer surgeries, cosmetic procedures and laser/energy-based procedures.

Dermatologic surgeons have received the more comprehensive training for these procedures, and are the most qualified to provide treatment that has the best results. More than 3 million skin cancer treatments are performed each year by dermatologic surgeons. Take a look at the other procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons like Dr. Myers:

• 2.62 million laser, light or energy based procedures
• 1.79 million wrinkle-relaxing injections
• 1.36 million soft-tissue fillers

If you think about it, why wouldn’t your skin care professional be the best person to do skin-related procedures?