10 Easy Tips to Decrease Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Sep 7, 2016 2:39:22 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most potentially fatal.

You may have increased risk for melanoma if you experience any of these factors:

  • Fair skin
  • A history of sunburn
  • Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, including sunburns and tanning bed use
  • Live close to the equator or at a higher elevation
  • Many moles or unusual moles
  • A family history of melanoma
  • A weakened immune system
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Topics: Skin Protection, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology

7 Important Ways to Check Yourself for Skin Cancer

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Aug 30, 2016 3:48:30 PM

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world, and the statistics are there to prove it. 

1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in his/her lifetime. The annual cost for treating skin cancer in our country is about $8.1 billion. Since skin cancer is so prevalent, it’s important to know how to check for the warning signs.

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Topics: Dermatology, Skin Protection, Cosmetic Dermatology

Chemical Peels: What to Expect

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Aug 1, 2016 11:59:29 AM

When considering skincare treatments, the words “chemical” and “peel” often bring a fearful image of what your face may look like after treatment. Anyone who was a fan of Sex and the City remembers the episode where Samantha decides to try a chemical peel and ends up completely embarrassed by her red, painful and burnt looking skin for Carrie’s party.

Fortunately, what you see on TV is not always true, and that is the case when it comes to chemical peels. When done by a qualified professional, they can actually be one of the best treatments and saviors for your skin, and can be mild enough to not fear showing your face right after. Intensity can range from light to deep, so the type of peel you and your practitioner choose will determine how much you peel and any downtime that needs to occur. The amount of skin that peels off will depend on the intensity of the treatment, but most peels are mild enough that you don’t have to worry about wearing a black veil to hide your face from society. Or going into hiding for weeks.

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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology, Skin Protection

Summer Foot Health: 6 Tips to Keep Your Feet Cool Outdoors

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Aug 1, 2016 11:44:51 AM

When you’re active, your feet sweat. There’s no way around it. We all love wearing sandals, thinner socks, or even going barefoot to keep our feet cool. However, there are some things to consider when walking barefoot or in sandals while outdoors.

Here are 6 tips for keeping your feet healthy during the warm months:

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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology, Skin Protection

Your Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Jul 26, 2016 12:54:30 PM

Learn the warning signs and safety measures related to melanoma:

Going to the beach and getting a tan may be one of the best parts of summer. Unfortunately, hanging out in the sun all day has its risks, one of which is melanoma.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer that develops from the ultraviolet radiation emitted from sunlight or tanning beds. Intense sunburns play a large factor in the cause of melanoma, especially in people genetically predisposed to the disease.

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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology, Skin Protection

Summer Skincare: The Basics

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Jun 28, 2016 2:54:33 PM

Thanks to more information about the damaging effects of the sun, having a golden tan is no longer the coveted look and status symbol that it used to be. Skin cancer and the aging effects of the sun on skin has made protected and pale the new bronze. But protecting your skin from the sun doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all summer or adopt a vampire’s hours. Here’s how to protect yourself without missing out on summer fun.

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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology, Skin Protection

Cosmetic Dermatology: Common Misconceptions and Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Jun 13, 2016 10:57:50 AM

There are a lot of myths out there about cosmetic dermatology. Here are a few that we hear the most often. 

Cosmetic procedures are just for wealthy people.

Not true! Procedures are more affordable than you think. Because they used to be more expensive, cosmetic procedures have been historically considered the domain of wealthy people. Now, as procedures have become more common and widely available, the cost has gone down.

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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology