Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) belong to the non-melanoma type of skin cancer, while Melanoma represents the most aggressive and dangerous form. It only accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.
It was important to us, at AAD, to prevent, diagnose, and treat as many cases as possible. Equally, you, as a fellow citizen, can play a major role in prevention and early detection. Applying a bit of sunscreen only takes a few minutes. Come to a skin screening at one of our offices or to one of the Tampa Bay community events in which we participate. Wear a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Avoid tanning beds: People who use them are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Although the most significant amount of UVB hits the US between 10 AM and 4PM, from April to October, these rays can burn and damage your skin year round. Find out if you are genetically predisposed to skin disease. Ask us about additional measures you can take to protect your skin. Enjoy the sun, but safely!