Skin Cancer Prevention TampaFor the past thirty years, skin cancer diagnoses have outnumbered all other types of cancer. More than 3 million Americans face this diagnosis each year, many of them younger than those diagnosed in the past. One of our most important roles in patient care is helping men and women of all ages reduce their risk of developing any type of skin cancer. Even those that are non-melanoma can be distressing. In our Tampa office, we perform thorough screening and provide information to promote health and wellness as it relates to the skin.
Understandably, residents of our beautiful coastal community enjoy spending time outdoors. Because many skin cancer cases are linked to UV exposure, it is important that individuals of all ages learn the various steps they can take to protect their skin. One way that many people believe they are doing better is by tanning indoors rather than in the natural sunlight. This habit, according to information from the Skin Cancer Foundation, can be just as detrimental as sun exposure.
- Indoor tanning is attributed to more cases of skin cancer than smoking is to cases of lung cancer
- High-pressure indoor tanning lamps expose one to approximately 12 times the yearly UVA they would get from natural sunlight
- EACH YEAR, more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer are attributed to indoor tanning
- Early-onset basal cell carcinomas are 69 percent more likely in indoor tanners
- Indoor tanners who begin during their teen years are 73 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma
- The risk of basal cell carcinoma increases by 29 percent, and squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent after just one session in a tanning bed
- The instances of early-onset basal cell carcinoma could be decreased by 25 percent if indoor tanning did not exist
We are happy to schedule your convenient appointment time in our Tampa dermatology office. Contact us today.