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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a sun on her back.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to spread awareness of the dangers of sun exposure – and with good reason. In2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, nearly 65,647 people nationwide were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. Of them, 9,128 died from the disease, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Essentially, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

Here in New Jersey alone, melanoma claims the lives of nearly 245 people each year. Melanoma is responsible for a full 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, and the rate of incidence in the Garden State has grown by five percent each year since the early 1990s.

To help protect your skin, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Resist the temptation for that golden tan: It may look great now, but it assures that you’ll age prematurely. And no – tanning beds are not a safer way to tan. Harvard University research shows that the average tanning bed produces approximately the same amount of UBV light as the sun and upwards of three times the amount of UVA light.
  • Seek shade: Know that the sun’s damaging rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm.
  • Cover up: Long-sleeved shirts and pants or long skirts offer the most protection. But of course, the heat sometimes makes this impractical. So, don a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with that cute sundress or swimsuit.
  • Slather on the sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Be sure to apply sunscreens 15 minutes before venturing outside and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re physically active or otherwise prone to perspiring.
  • Use extra caution near water, sand or snow: Know that these surfaces reflect the sun’s rays and can significantly boost your chances of developing a sun burn.
  • Get your daily vitamin D: Adopt a healthy diet and take high-quality vitamin supplements.
  • Get checked: Early detection can dramatically reduce your risk of death from skin cancer, which makes regular skin cancer screenings a must. Most people should get screened at least once a year – more if your job or lifestyle means lots of time outside.

New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers thorough skin cancer screenings and treatments, including the highly specialized Mohs micrographic surgery procedures. Schedule your next screening today by contacting us in Clark at 732-574-1399; in Kearny at 201-997-8008; in Teaneck at 201-837-3939 or in Staten Island, NY at 718-448-4488.

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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris. Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.