It is the time of year for desert
residents to begin enjoying all the
outdoor sports that the valley has
to offer. The sun is out, bicyclists
are biking, hikers are hiking, ten-
nis tournaments are beginning
and the golfers are teeing off.
With all this outdoor activity each
one of us is at risk for developing
Over exposure to sunlight is the
main cause of skin cancer. It is
estimated that more than one
million Americans develop skin
cancer every year. Avoiding the
sun is the best defense against
skin cancer, but in in our desert
climate the sunshine is plentiful
and hard to avoid.
To help prevent skin cancers
from developing, Dr. Jochen rec-
p a t i e n t s
use a sun-
s c r e e n
SPF of 15.
s u g g e s t s
the use of
b r i m m e d
hat and strongly discourages sun
bathing or tanning.
Early detection through regular skin
inspections by a dermatologist is the
surest way to combat skin cancers,
and protect your skin.
The Skinny tip number two:
avoid sun bathing!
Volume 1, Issue 2
Combating Skin Cancer
May 1, 2003
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Malignant melanoma is the most
serious and most aggressive of all
skin cancers. Melanoma can be life
threatening. If left untreated, it
tends to spread throughout the
body, especially the lungs and liver,
as well as surrounding tissue.
In the early stages, melanomas re-
semble moles. Patients are encour-
aged to develop a self-examination
routine and to watch for any suspi-
cious changes in their moles. A der-
matologist should be contacted if
moles are Asymmetrical (irregular
shape), has irregular Borders, Color
is not uniform, or Diameter is more
than 6 millimeters.
Early detection (routine skin exams)
is the most effective way to prevent