July is UV Safety Awareness Month!

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades.

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps.

Sun screen will reduce your chances of developing skin cancer and getting annual skin checks is vital for catching this condition early.

By the way, if you think you’ll never get skin cancer, I’ll tell you this; none of my patients who came to me for skin cancer reconstruction surgery thought they would ever get cancer. Not one. And when they did develop it, the experience seriously up-ended their lives.

So take care of your skin now, while you have the opportunity. A little bit of effort now may save you a terrifying ride on an emotional rollercoaster in the future.