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Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer with These Simple Tips

July 25, 2007

(Middletown, NY) – As summer continues, Orange Regional Medical Center reminds you to reduce your chance of developing skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. There are more than 1 million skin cancers diagnosed each year in the United States.

Francis V. Winski, M.D., Plastic Surgeon at Orange Regional Medical Center, says there are two types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. Most cases of non-melanoma can be treated. When melanoma is caught early it can be treated successfully, however, if it is not caught and treated early, the cancer can spread to other organs and it can be fatal. Anyone who suspects that they have a form of skin cancer should visit their doctor. A helpful guide to self screening is following “ABCD’s of skin cancer”. A “Asymmetry”, B “Border irregularity”, C “Color variability”, and D “Diameter larger than a pencil eraser”. Take note in strange shape, edges, color, and size. Anyone who suspects that they have a form of skin cancer should visit their doctor.

The sun is responsible for 90% of all skin cancers. Dr. Winski offers the following tips to prevent overexposure to the sun including covering up in direct sunlight, wearing a hat, using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and wearing sunglasses that block UV rays. By following these precautions and by limiting the amount of exposure to UV rays, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

For more information on Orange Regional’s cancer treatment services, go to www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762)


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