The American Cancer Society reports around 5.4 million new skin cancer diagnoses are made every year. The most common form of cancer, skin cancer can be deadly – and nearly 80,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease, this year alone.
Protecting yourself against skin cancer is just one reason to take steps to reduce harmful UV exposure. Excessive sun exposure is also linked to skin irregularities, premature aging, and other aesthetic imperfections that can have a profound impact on your appearance. This UV Safety Month, take steps to protect your skin from these and more serious issues by:
- Using sunscreen at all times when outdoors
- Avoiding the sun during midday
- Wearing sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats
- Wearing protective UV rated clothing and swimwear
It is also a good idea to maintain routine examinations with your doctor and to report any unusual or oddly shaped growths you may discover in between.
While skin cancer cannot be treated cosmetically, many of the other problems caused by the sun can. If you are unhappy with the way excessive sun exposure has impacted your appearance, Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata can help. Offering a range of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments, Dr. Fata can help produce a look that is smooth and blemish-free, and help you look and feel your best year round.