Our Forest Hills Aetna dermatologist, Dr. Charles Kleinberg, is dedicated to the total health of your skin. One of the keys to good skin health is in preventive care. Nowhere is this more vital than when it comes to skin cancer. By knowing some of the things you can do to make skin cancer less likely to be a part of your future, you will be able to participate actively in your own skin health.
Your skin requires the specialized skills that our Forest Hills Aetna dermatologist brings. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, it is highly recommended that you should be examined at our office once per year. For everyone else, if you notice something suspicious that concerns you, it is a far better idea to see Dr. Kleinberg than to see your primary doctor. As is the case with all types of cancer, early detection is the next best thing to not having skin cancer at all. Catching problems in their early stages may help you to avoid skin cancer entirely or at minimum make your odds of successful treatment increase significantly.
Sunscreen is not just for when you are going to the beach. It is also not just for hot days. It is important to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun by using a good sunscreen that states on the package that it offers 100% protection from both UVA and UVB. It should be at least SPF 15, but consult with our Forest Hills Aetna dermatologist for more detailed information to match your unique circumstances. Wear sunscreen year round and try to avoid being out in the sun from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, the times of day that the sun’s rays are strongest.
Other ways to help prevent skin cancer include wearing clothing such as broad-brimmed hats, dark and non-porous clothing to cover your arms and legs, avoiding the use of tanning beds, and watching out for medications that can make you more prone to the effects of the sun. Ask our Forest Hills Aetna dermatologist and your pharmacist to guide you. And always do self-examinations of your skin, utilizing mirrors, to check your entire body. If you notice anything that looks unusual or any changes, call us and schedule an exam as soon as possible.