April 11, 2018
Arpan Patel, MD advises screening in May as part of Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Decatur, GA – Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, there are strategies to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer in the first place and it is highly treatable when detected early.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer and UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. One little known fact is that exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.
Arpan Patel, MD, with Scott Boulevard Internal Medicine in Decatur, offers tips to lower your changes of developing skin cancer. Consider the following:
If you notice a place on your skin changing (size, color or shape), itching or bleeding, please visit your primary care physician who can perform a skin check and determine whether the spot should be observed or whether you should see a dermatologist for further testing. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early so it is important to be screened.