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: Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology, Skin Protection

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: Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology, Skin Protection

6 Sun Protection Myths

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Aug 15, 2016 2:26:40 PM

Shielding your skin from the sun can be difficult in summertime. Between going to the beach, relaxing in the hammock, or mowing the lawn, we’re constantly exposed to the sun’s UV rays.

While most of us have a basic knowledge about sunscreen and sun protection, there are still some myths that need to be debunked.

Here are 6 myths about sun protection and the truth behind them:

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Topics: Dermatology

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