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Venice, FL 34293

Skin cancer is a prevalent type of cancer in the United States, with over 3.5 million cases being diagnosed each year. Although skin cancer is highly preventable, most cases are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are several risk factors associated with the development of skin cancer. People with fair skin, who are prone to sunburn and skin damage, are at a higher risk. Additionally, spending prolonged time in the sun, without proper clothing or sunscreen, can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. People who have had severe sunburns during childhood and those with a family history of skin cancer are also at a greater risk. People with a large number of moles or unusual moles, as well as those with a weakened immune system, such as people with HIV/AIDS or those taking certain medications, are also at risk. Regular skin checks and protection from the sun can help prevent skin cancer.

If you fall into any of the high-risk categories, it is recommended that you see a dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings. Dermatologists are trained to identify the early signs of skin cancer, and if caught early, skin cancer is often treatable.  At Coast Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Venice, FL we provide skin cancer screenings.

To lower your risk of developing skin cancer, it is important to take precautions such as wearing protective clothing and accessories like wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts and pants when you’re outside, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Using broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on all exposed skin, seeking shade when the sun is strongest, and getting vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D are also recommended. It is essential to examine your skin regularly and check with a dermatologist if you notice any changes in the size, shape, or color of your moles or any other unusual growths on your skin.

By taking these precautions and regularly seeing a dermatologist for screenings, you can significantly reduce your risk of skin cancer and detect potential problems early on. Make an appointment at Coast Dermatology  today to schedule your skin cancer screening.

The safety of our employees, their families and patients impacted by Hurricane Ian continues to be our primary concern, and our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone affected by the storm.

Our Coast Venice office will be closed tomorrow 10/6.