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Posts for: February, 2016

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
February 24, 2016
Category: Melanoma
Tags: skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen   tanning   spray tan  

Sometimes in the evening after work, I enjoy watching the entertainment news shows to stay up on my pop culture. One of the stories this week was about Witney Carson. She is a dancer on "Dancing with the Stars." She revealed that she was recently diagnosed with the potentially deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, on her foot.

She is just a young woman at 22 years old.

Luckily, it was caught early and she was able to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the cancer. She did admit in an interview that she used to go to tanning beds to get "that glow" to her skin. This is just further supporting recent statistics that tanning beds are increasing melanoma rates in young women. This also shows, that melanoma affects us all.

It doesn't matter if you're a regular person or a famous dancer. It's always important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis and if you are looking for that glow to your skin then opt for a spray on tan!

By Chelsea Snyder, R-PAC
February 22, 2016
Category: Melanoma
Tags: melanoma   Tanning Beds  

Melanoma has been the new topic of concern. I am sure that each and every one of us can think of a person that we know who has been diagnosed with this type of skin cancer.

The stats of melanoma diagnoses have increased by 800 percent in women ages 18-29 years. This statistic seems shockingly unrealistic, but believe it! The rates of melanoma are increasing but why??? We think that tanning beds have a lot to do with this.

Tanning beds have been ranked as a class 1 carcinogen, meaning that that the deadly habit ranks amongst arsenic and cigarette smoking.

By simply tanning ONCE in a tanning bed, your overall risk of developing Melanoma increases by 20%! 

(Why are so many women getting skin cancer. Glamour magazine. May 2013.)

By Susan Peterson PA-C
February 17, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: Untagged

Put on your thinking cap!
"Let's learn how to read a sunscreen label"

There are (5) areas to understand.
1) Broad Spectrum - Your sunscreen shoud list itself as broad spectrum.  That means it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays that damage the skin.

2) SPF - This is a measurement of how long you can be outdoors before the UVB rays cause damage to your skin in the form of a sunburn.  If normally you can be out for 20 minutes before reddening an SPF of 30 will theoretically allow you to be out 30 times longer before reddening.  Remember though this number is determined in a lab.  So for safety sake re-apply every (2) hours and after swimming or heavy perspiration.  Look for an SPF of 30 for extended coverage.

3) Water-Resistant - No sunscreen is fully waterproof or sweat proof.  So re-apply after swimming or heavy perspiring.

4) Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation - This assures you that it is safe and effective for your use.  The seal also indicates if it is recommended for daily use or active exposures.

5) Active Ingredients - There are (2) main types of sunscreen ingredients.  (Chemical and Physical)
    Chemical Ingredients work by absorbing UV rays.  Avobenzone and benzophenone are names you may recognize.
Preferred are physical ingredients of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.  These protective ingredients last longer and by staying on the surface of the skin deflect the harmful rays of the sun.

Now you can understand your sunscreen label.
Remember sunscreen is one part of sun protection.  Enjoy the shade between 10am and 4pm.  Wear sun protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses.


By Susan Peterson PA-C
February 16, 2016
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: Celebrity   basal cell   sunsreen  

Remember Peter Brady from the Brady Bunch?  Well, he is 55!  How did that happen?  He now is among the growing list of stars surviving skin cancer.  Sun protection is part of his daily lifestyle since his diagnosis and treatment of basal cell skin cancer.  Make sunscreen part of your daily routine just like Peter!

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