Skin Health Awareness: Front page and center
You’re going to be hearing a lot about the health of your skin and the importance of dermatologic surgeons in keeping your skin healthy thanks to several national news stories in a USA Today “Skin Health Awareness” insert June 28.
The “Skin Health Awareness” campaign is aimed at reaching millions of readers just like you with the important message that it’s vital to take care of the health and beauty of your skin.
The “Skin Health Awareness” articles range in topic from applying sunscreen early and often to tips for spotting melanoma and living with eczema to a frank skin cancer discussion with soccer star Landon Donovan and skin care tips from supermodel mom Marisa Miller.
Men can take a simple step this summer to start a healthy skin routine, Donovan, an MLS and World Cup soccer star, said in his Q&A interview as part of the “Skin Health Awareness” campaign.
“It’s as simple as making sure you slather on that sunscreen every time you head outdoors or put on a hat to protect your face from the sun,” Donovan said. “Also, take time once a month to examine your skin from head-to-toe and see a physician once a year for a professional skin exam.”
Miller, best known for her work modeling swimsuits and lingerie, noted in her Q&A interview that women have to be smart about sun protection.
“Sunscreen is really important and you should find one that isn’t loaded with chemicals,” Miller said. “Diet can play a role in your skin health as well.”
The signs of aging, including dark spots, wrinkles and dilated blood vessels, are often caused by sun damage and can signify a deeper issue that is lurking beneath the skin, ASDS experts said in an article titled, “Dermatologic Surgery: Where Medical and Cosmetic Concerns Intersect.”
When it comes to skin cancer, there are different surgical options, including Mohs surgery, ASDS Immediate Past President Susan Weinkle, MD, said in the article.
Mohs is ideal because “you can excise the cancer with the patient under local anethesia,” Dr. Weinkle said. “While the patient waits, you examine the tissue microscopically to see if the margins are clean.”
With the prevalence of skin cancer in today’s society as well as the availability of many new cosmetic procedures, seeking out the advice of a skin-expert dermatologic surgeon is vital, says ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, MD.
“With the rise in skin cancer rates, the time has never been more important to consult a dermatologic surgeon for a cancer screening,” Dr. Flynn says. “The same is true for patients considering cosmetic procedures. Recent surveys have found that patients are seeking out the training and expertise of dermatologic surgeons with increasing prevalence when considering both skin cancer procedures and cosmetic procedures.”
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