Preventative health care before the age of 30?

With a focus of wellness and self care, taking proactive steps in our health can reap long term benefits. 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, as the saying goes...

 

I have seen a significant number of skin cancers in people under the age of 30 this past summer. It is alarming because the vast majority of our patients that come in for routine skin cancer screenings are over the age of 40 and mostly over the age of 50. 
I recommend annual skin cancer screenings starting at the age of 18 but recognize that most young people do not think about this.  I encourage my patients to remember that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the second most common diagnosed cancer in ages 15 to 19 and the most common cancer in patients ages 25-29.
Several Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinomas present as a ‘pimple that won’t heal”.  I worry about how many may be missed if these people are not coming in for routine screenings. The key to remember is that if a wound is not healing in the right time frame- meaning you have a scab and realize that scab has not healed after 1 to 2 months, it should be checked by your Dermatologist.
The most important thing to remember with skin cancer is that early diagnosis leads to better outcomes and smaller scars.  I strongly recommend keeping skin cancer screenings on your list of annual checkups.

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