Summer weather brings skin protection advisories
COLUMBIA - With the summer months rolling in, dermatologists and physicians are encouraging Missourians to get into their doctors and have their skin checked for Melanoma.
As part of Melanoma Awareness month, Capital Region Medical Center and MU Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center, are teaming up to spread awareness about the skin cancer through free skin cancer screenings.
According to Nicholas Golda, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Missouri Department of Dermatology, people can start the process by paying attention to their skin at home.
"What we are trying to do basically get the word out to people to look at their own skin, look at their partners skin, everybody in your household," Golda. "Kind of just take notice of the skin and make sure you don't have any strange new spots that are growing up that could be caught early."
When it comes to protecting your skin, Golda cites correct application of sunscreen as one of the top forms of defense.
"If you are out in the water, out playing outside, you want to make sure you are reapplying at every 80 to 90 minutes. There are a lot of different formulations that you can use, so just find one that works for your skin. By small bottles at first and find one that works for you," he said.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 as the minimum level of protection that should be used.
"If you are wearing a bathing suit, you should be putting on at least one to one and half ounces of sunscreen with every application," Golda said. "So that twelve ounce bottle you got should not last you all summer. If it is, you probably aren't putting it on correctly."