Kensington area dermatologist describes how to get protected from skin cancer
Kensington area patients who are worried about the risk of skin cancer will often speak to dermatologist Dr. Ron Prussick about the ways in which they can reduce the chances of developing this condition. These are typically patients who come into his practice annually for a thorough skin examination and screening. Skin cancer is one of the easiest types of cancers to spot and diagnose early enough for effective treatment because it occurs on the outside of the body rather than internally where it cannot be seen. By getting a proper diagnosis early, dermatologists can intervene and provide patients with effective removal. Many patients are able to recover from skin cancer when it is caught in the earlier stages.
Dr. Ron Prussick and his team at the Washington Dermatology Center educate patients on the benefits of protecting their skin from the sun which can greatly reduce their risks of developing cancerous skin cells. Patients will ask how they can get protected from skin cancer, and the answer is typically reducing exposure to ultraviolet light that can be emitted from the sun and tanning beds. UV light can cause mutations in the skin cells that can result in the development of skin cancer.
Reducing exposure to UV light does not mean that patients have to become hermits in their own home. Sunlight can be a positive thing—it can give patients from the Kensington area vitamin D which can give energy and vitality, and fresh air every day can be great for one’s physical wellbeing. However, when patients are outdoors in the sun, they should take special precautions to protect their skin. This may include the use of a high SPF sun block. The adequate use of sunscreen can reduce the amount of UV light getting into the skin and therefore reduce the risks of skin cancers. Patients should understand that there is no such thing as “safe tanning,” and avoid tanning either outdoors or in tanning beds.
Dr. Ron Prussick welcomes new and existing patients into his practice for regular skin cancer screenings and to learn about the advantages of early detection. Contact the Washington Dermatology Center today to book a consultation visit and screening with our team.Back to Skin Cancer Page