By By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 25, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   sunscreen  

With summer approaching, it's only fitting that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, our South Barrington and skin cancerWillowbrook, IL, dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, want to ensure everyone takes some necessary precautions before hitting the beach and enjoying the sun during their vacations.

It's important to protect yourself while you have fun because of the overwhelming number of skin cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017.” While this statistic is shocking, the unfortunate truth is that many of these cases are avoidable.

To protect yourself and loved ones, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists have a few pointers and preventative measures you can take:

  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its peak (hottest). This is usually around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the best ways to do so is to stand in the shade.
  • Keep most of your skin covered by wearing long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hats and other such clothing. This will reduce the number of sunburns you may get, which is imperative to safeguarding yourself against melanoma. The risk of developing melanoma can triple by getting sunburned just once every two years, and it can be fatal if the cancer is not treated in its early stages.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. It is also crucial that you use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Examine yourself at home consistently for any changes in your skin, and, for a more thorough and professional examination, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

There is no doubt that the warm weather and cool activities are things you don’t want to miss out on this summer, but preventative measures and care are a must. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, call either of their offices: Willowbrook, IL, (630) 321-0303; or South Barrington, IL, (847) 304-0303.

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