Dr. Jacobson is a board-certified dermatologist and her expertise in clinical dermatology includes the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a full range of skin conditions. SkinMD treats patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, in the diagnosis and management of various skin conditions including these and more services.
Skin Cancer Screenings
Over 1 million new skin cancer cases are diagnosed in the U.S. per year. The good news is that skin cancer can be successfully treated with early detection and proper treatment. Protecting your skin from sun, self-screening for changes in your skin and a regularly scheduled dermatology visit for a visual body examination are recommended preventative measures.
Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps:
- Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun. Our favorite brand is: www.coolibar.com/
- Generously apply (2oz.) of a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. (see our recommendations below) Visit our website for more information about SPF- what’s in a number? https://www.skinmdpllc.com/blog/post/spf---choosing-the-best-sunscreen-for-optimal-skin-protection.html
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.