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skin cancer findings skyrocket

Skin cancer findings skyrocket

 An alarming study recently surfaced, skin cancer findings have spiked dramatically in the last several years. Melanoma is responsible for around 9,000 deaths annually, dermatologists are urging you to get checked. 

Summertime means lots of sun rays, the first thing you can do is make sure you are covered before stepping out the door. 

That could be something as simple as wearing a hat and putting on sunscreen. Dr. Greenfield of Albany Dermatology Clinic says too many times she sees adults as well as children come to her office with sunburns and peeling skin. She says it not only damages your skin now but it puts you at risk for developing skin cancers later in life. 

A new study reveals that those between the ages of 40 and 60 have the highest rate of Melanoma, it affects over 75,000 people every year. 

Dr. Melinda Greenfield says the number of people with the deadly disease have doubled in the last couple of years alone in her own office. 

"We find loads of skin cancers on the ears, behind the ears, anywhere on the head or neck, it gets exposure," Dr. Greenfield said. "Patients always say to me 'oh, that thing, that's been there forever,' because it doesn't have any sensation to it so people tend to just ignore it but those are the scary ones. Those are the ones that you find out if its already spread, you're lucky to have 6 months to live." 

Tanning beds, which are very popular is one of the problems according to dermatologists. They suggest to avoid its use and always cover up, even during colder months because UV rays are always present. 

It's recommend to see a dermatologist at least once a year, they say you need to get to know your skin, that way you can recognize when something does pop up. Some signs to look include, any soreness, scabbing or wounds that do not heal, if this occurs for more than a few days then seeing a doctor is recommended. 

Additional information from the American Cancer Society



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