May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over two million people are diagnosed annually – that’s more than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
While most skin cancer is the result of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. Prevention is the best way to limit UV radiation. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these reminders:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- Check the information provided with each of your medications to know if sun exposure is acceptable while taking certain medications.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
At Shell Point, residents can benefit from early detection skin cancer screenings from Michael Haiken, MD and Shannen Vixler, ARNP, who serve as specialty physicians at The Arbor Medical Center at Shell Point. Shell Point’s Health System includes two state-of-the-art medical centers equipped with multiple exam rooms, an outpatient procedures room, x-ray, dentistry and lab. Our highly-trained full-time, on-site medical team includes five physicians, two nurse practitioners and a number of specialty physicians all dedicated to providing senior specific care of the highest order. To learn more about the healthcare services provided at Shell Point, visit www.shellpoint.org.