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Skin cancer through sun exposure still prevalent during winter

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
Bevi Edlund
Staff Writer
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This winter while youíre out golfing, wine tasting or even heading up to the mountains to ski, itís important to remember that skin damage is prevalent, even with the cooler weather.

Skin cancer is an even bigger concern for those living in "sun-drenched" Riverside County communities, the Dermatology Specialists, Inc. writes on their website.

"While Southern Californians are generally aware and vigilant to the dangers of sun exposure during warm spring and summer months, the risks of developing skin cancer are always present – even when there is an overcast," said Rob Brown, for the American Cancer Society in San Diego.

In places such as Southwest Riverside County, people spend a great deal of time enjoying outdoor activities.

"People simply need to use basic precautions like wearing a hat, using sunscreen, and choosing clothing that can add an extra layer of defense against harmful UV rays," Brown said.

He advised that if you do have an outdoor lifestyle, you should become familiar with changes to your skin and consult a doctor if you find anything abnormal.

Check your skin regularly for any changes in size, shape, color or diameter of moles. This is key for early detection, according to the Dermatology Specialists, Inc.

"Protecting your skin from the sun is also important as 90 percent of all basal and squamous cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light."

There are three types of skin cancer. The two most common are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas which makes up for about 90 percent of all cases.

The third type of skin cancer is malignant melanoma; it is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and can spread throughout the body. The recovery rate can be very high if itís detected early and treated properly.

This winter, protect yourself from skin damage by being proactive and taking precautions.



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