Skin Protection Not Just a Summertime Issue
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 2:58pm
To the editor,
As I was reading the article “As Summer Wanes, Push for Skin Check is Heating Up,” in The Wall Street Journal, it struck me that many let their skin health and protection fall to the wayside during the winter months. Even though the sun is not as strong during the fall and winter months, skin health should not just be a summertime topic.
In truth, it’s more important than ever to continue your skincare regimen, perform self-checks, and get screened, even after the tan fades. The article explores various recommendations and methods to being proactive about your skin health and reducing risk of developing skin cancer or melanoma.
According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for melanoma in an advanced stage is only 15 percent. However, if melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.
The only true way to reduce your risk is with a comprehensive early detection and surveillance program that incorporates total-body photography, digital dermoscopy, and digital serial monitoring. Mole mapping through an ongoing melanoma surveillance program results in earlier detection of melanoma and reduces the unnecessary removal of benign lesions.
I urge you to learn more about the screening programs available to you. Early detection leaves nothing to chance. Remember: Healthcare is a team sport, and we have to work together, with doctors, dermatologists, early detection screening programs, and the patient, all year round.
Richard Craig Bezozo, M.D.
President of MoleSafe U.S.A.
60 Essex Street
Millburn, NJ 07041