Skin Cancer

What an ugly term.  As we put away the pool gear from summer and enter autumn, we may not think much of sunscreen. But, daily sunscreen use reduces the incidence of one kind of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends year-round application of broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all areas of the body exposed to the sun.  In contrast to squamous cell cancer, no evidence shows sunscreen decreases basal cell carcinoma or melanoma.  If you have any new or concerning or changing skin lesions, see your doctor.

I am both a daughter and sister of plastic surgeons so I am well versed in the benefits of daily sunscreen on the face and neck–to ward off  “premature” wrinkles.  Find a sunscreen that you like its feel and smell.  Place the bottle in the pathway of your morning routine. Use it daily and reap the benefits.

I tell my kids that a sunburn is like the skin screaming.   There’s no need for screaming. . .

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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