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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As your trusted family medicine provider, we are committed to helping you take care of your skin and prevent skin cancer. With Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it's a great time to review some important tips for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing it at some point in their lives. However, the good news is that skin cancer is highly preventable, and early detection is key to successful treatment. That's why we encourage all of our patients to take steps to protect their skin from the sun.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your skin is to limit your sun exposure, especially during peak hours. The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to stay indoors or seek shade during those hours. When you are outside, wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats, to shield your skin from the sun's rays.

Another essential step in protecting your skin is to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, and be sure to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. If you plan to be outside for an extended period, bring extra sunscreen with you so you can reapply as needed.

Indoor tanning is another major risk factor for skin cancer, so we encourage our patients to avoid it altogether. Tanning beds use UV rays, which can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. If you want a tan, consider using a self-tanning product instead.

It's also important to regularly check your skin for any changes, such as new moles or changes in existing ones. If you notice anything concerning, make an appointment to see us right away. Our board-certified providers are skilled in performing skin lesion removals and can help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin.

At Nazeeri Family Medicine, we offer comprehensive skin exams to check for skin cancer and other skin conditions, including boils and cosmetic concerns. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness, and we look forward to partnering with you to take care of your skin.

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, take a proactive step towards protecting your skin and schedule a skin check with our office. We are here to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin and prevent skin cancer.

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