May is Melanoma Awareness Month

This month we focus on sharing information about all types of skin cancer and, most importantly, how to prevent and detect it. With skin cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with one in every five people being affected. The most common types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, and the best treatment outcomes occur when these cancers are identified early. It is recommended that everyone have at least one yearly total body skin cancer screening with a trained dermatology professional, and also complete skin scans at home on a regular basis.

Throughout the month we will be sharing information essential to identifying skin cancers and what you should do if you notice a changing lesion on the skin. Keep up to date this month on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and right here on the blog for information about skin cancer and how you can prevent it!

Do you have a question about skin cancer? Leave it in comments below and we will be sure to answer it for you.

Did you know – the best way to screen for skin cancers is with a total body skin exam? We are offering FREE skin exams at our Edina office on Thursday May 9 from 5-7pm and at our Plymouth office on Wednesday May 15 from 5-7pm. Call to reserve your appointment with one of our dermatologists or physician assistants today – space is filling up!

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina and Downtown Minneapolis locations.

Indoor Tanning Bed News

We’ve long known that there’s no such thing as a healthy tan, and that tanning bed use is not part of a healthy lifestyle. However, there have been more arguments against tanning bed use published in recent months. Cancer Epidemiology published their findings that 5-8% of all skin cancers (including both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers) diagnosed in Canada during a single year (2015) were attributable to indoor tanning bed use. This equates to approximately 5,000 cases of skin cancer!

It was also reported last month that South Carolina is considering legislation to become the 18th state to ban minors from using tanning beds. During the hearings, the president of the South Carolina Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery testified that use of indoor tanning beds before the age of 35 can increase the risk of melanoma by nearly 60 percent.

These statistics are frightening and help us to emphasize how dangerous indoor tanning beds truly are.

Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Plymouth and Edina locations.

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