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Summer is finally here, with its long, sunny days. Although this weather practically begs people to sit out in the sun, recent studies show a definite link between excessive sun exposure and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is therefore suggesting that physicians warn fair-skinned patients between the ages of 10 and 24 on the dangers of excessive sun exposure. It sounds like a good idea, but will this be effective?
The task force has done extensive research showing safer sun habits amongst 10 to 24 year-olds following physician counseling on the sun’s dangers. Like many other dangerous habits, warning individuals at a young, impressionable age may convince them to think twice about baking in the sun, potentially minimizing future skin cancer cases. Unfortunately, these studies are inconclusive on effective sun safety counseling for those aged 25 and above.
Regardless of your age or your habits in the sun, skin cancer may still occur. It is therefore important to regularly undergo complete body examinations. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists can perform complete body examinations and advise you on proper sun safety. Contact us today to schedule your complete body examination.