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 high volume of skin cancers in people under the age of 30 this past summer. It’s alarming because the vast majority of our patients that come in for routine skin cancer screenings are over the age of 40.
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 15 to 19 years and the most common cancer in patients ages 25-29.
Lately I have been seeing a high number of Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinomas. This is highly concerning as many of these 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 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.