About Skin Cancer Prevention
For the past thirty years, skin cancer diagnoses have outnumbered all other types of cancer. More than 3 million Americans face this diagnosis each year, many of them younger than those diagnosed in the past.
One of our most important roles in patient care is helping men and women of all ages reduce their risk of developing any type of skin cancer. Even those that are non-melanoma can be distressing. In our Tampa office, we perform thorough screening and provide information to promote health and wellness as it relates to the skin.
Causes of Skin Cancer
Understandably, residents of our beautiful coastal community enjoy spending time outdoors. Because many skin cancer cases are linked to UV exposure, it is important that individuals of all ages learn the various steps they can take to protect their skin.
One way that many people believe they are doing better is by tanning indoors rather than in the natural sunlight. This habit, according to information from the Skin Cancer Foundation, can be just as detrimental as sun exposure.
- Indoor tanning is attributed to more cases of skin cancer than smoking is to cases of lung cancer
- High-pressure indoor tanning lamps expose one to approximately 12 times the yearly UVA they would get from natural sunlight
- EACH YEAR, more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer are attributed to indoor tanning
- Early-onset basal cell carcinomas are 69 percent more likely in indoor tanners
- Indoor tanners who begin during their teen years are 73 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma
- The risk of basal cell carcinoma increases by 29 percent, and squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent after just one session in a tanning bed
- The instances of early-onset basal cell carcinoma could be decreased by 25 percent if indoor tanning did not exist
While exposure to harmful UV rays is a factor in the risk of skin cancer, so is your unique skin type. This does not necessarily mean ethnicity. People with darker skin tones can develop any type of skin cancer and are encouraged to practice prevention just as those with lighter skin.
Skin tone falls into six categories. Where you fall on the scale of light to dark will determine, to some extent, your risk of skin cancer. By consulting with Dr. Lombardi about skin cancer, you can develop a protocol that will facilitate prevention and help avoid premature aging due to UV exposure.
Call Lombardi Institute of Dermatology
Your skin health is important to your quality of life. For that reason, it is important to your dermatologist near Downtown Tampa. If you have questions about our practice, a new growth, or cosmetic dermatology, contact the office of Dr. Milan Lombardi today for a consultation and examination of your skin.