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As the temperatures rise and outdoor activities become more prevalent, it is essential to prioritize sun safety and protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but with proper precautions and awareness, it is also one of the most preventable. At Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, we want to remind everyone of the importance of protecting your skin and health during the summer and throughout the rest of the year. Here are some of our expert tips and advice on how to stay safe in the sun and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer this summer.

1. Wear Sunscreen Daily

Sunscreen is your first line of defense against harmful UV rays. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears and hands. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating.

2. Seek Shade

Limit your time in direct sunlight, especially during peak UV hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When outdoors, seek shade under trees, umbrellas or other protective structures to reduce your overall sun exposure. Remember that UV rays can penetrate clouds and reflect off surfaces like water, sand and concrete, so even on overcast days, it is essential to practice sun safety.

3. Wear Protective Clothing

Clothing provides an additional layer of protection against UV radiation. Choose to wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants and wide-brimmed hats to shield your skin from the sun’s rays. Consider clothing with built-in UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) for added sun protection, especially if you will be spending extended periods outdoors.

4. Protect Your Eyes

Do not forget to protect your eyes from UV damage by wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Look for sunglasses labeled as blocking both UVA and UVB rays to ensure comprehensive eye protection. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration and certain types of eye cancer.

5. Perform Regular Skin Checks

Early detection is key to successfully treating skin cancer. Perform regular skin self-exams to monitor for any changes in moles, freckles or other skin lesions. Use the ABCDE rule as a guide: Check for asymmetry, irregular borders, variations in color, diameter larger than a pencil eraser and evolving or changing lesions. If you notice any concerning changes, schedule a skin cancer screening with a board-certified dermatologist at Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, GA.

6. Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds and sunlamps emit harmful UV radiation that can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Avoid indoor tanning altogether and consider using sunless tanning alternatives such as self-tanning lotions or sprays for a safer, sun-kissed glow.

7. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin and minimizing sun damage. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when spending time outdoors in hot and humid conditions. Hydrated skin is more resilient and better able to defend against environmental stressors like UV radiation. Plus, excellent hydration can prevent heat stroke and other health issues related to time spent outside in the hot summer sun.

8. Schedule Regular Skin Cancer Screenings

Annual skin cancer screenings with a board-certified dermatologist are crucial for early detection and treatment of skin cancer. During screening, your dermatologist will examine your skin for any suspicious lesions or growths and recommend further evaluation or treatment as needed. Early detection significantly improves the prognosis for skin cancer patients, so do not delay scheduling your annual screening.

By following these skin cancer prevention tips from our team at Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, you can enjoy a safe and sun-smart summer while reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. Remember to wear sunscreen daily, seek shade, wear protective clothing and sunglasses, perform regular skin checks, avoid tanning beds, stay hydrated and schedule regular skin cancer screenings with a dermatologist. By prioritizing sun safety and practicing healthy skin habits, you can protect your skin and enjoy the sunny days ahead with peace of mind. Call our office in Atlanta, GA, to schedule your next skin cancer screening and have a safe summer!

Posted on behalf of Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.

5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: Call (404) 939-9220
FAX: (470) 312-2157

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If your skin disease is affecting your quality of life or you have been told your skin disorder is no longer treatable, we invite you to discover our unique medical dermatology practice in Atlanta. You will find a team of experts in dermatology who are not only dedicated to treating your skin symptoms, but who will work with your primary care doctor and other specialists to give you the comprehensive skin care approach you need to be healthy. Dr. Weisman can show you what it means to have a doctor who is truly an advocate for your health.

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Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.


5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328



Phone: (404) 939-9220
Fax: (470) 312-2157
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