Summer is a time when the sun is shining bright. When it’s nice outside, you’re much more likely to spend more time outdoors. The only problem is that exposure to the sun’s radiation can cause problems for your skin. Aside from changing the appearance of your skin and making it age faster, radiation from the sun can also put you at risk for developing skin cancer.
Skin cancers are more easily cured if you catch it early. That is one or the major advantages of getting an annual skin exam after summer.
What are the Benefits?
It’s important to get a full skin exam annually and the block of time immediately after summer is perfect especially if you’ve just spent a lot of time basking in the sun’s harmful radiation. Even if you haven’t spent a lot of time under the sun, it’s still a good idea to get an annual skin exam. After summer is over, most people become much more aware of their skin, so there tends to be more diagnoses for skin cancer made during this time.
If you’re like most people, there is a good chance that during this summer you experienced a sunburn. Unfortunately, a bad sunburn can leave your skin twice as likely to develop skin cancer, and the risk stays with you throughout the rest of your life. This is why getting an annual skin exam after summer is a good idea. It’s better to be safe and avoid taking the risk of skin cancer going undiagnosed. Like all of the other forms of the disease, skin cancer is much more likely to be treatable if it’s discovered and treated during the earliest stages.
What to Expect During the Exam
It’s quite common for people to put off their annual skin exam because they don’t know what to expect. However, a skin exam with our medical professional is relatively simple.
The exam shouldn’t take long. You’ll be asked questions about your past sun exposure and should provide information that will add to the exam. When the exam is over, you’ll be able to leave knowing that your body is healthy, and you won’t have to spend time obsessing about tiny bumps on your skin.
Experience the Benefits for Yourself
The advantages of getting yearly skin exams at Dermatology Associates cannot be overstated. A simple checkup at one of our offices could save your life. We have locations in Foxboro, Franklin and Norwood. Contact us today to schedule your annual skin exam.