Skin Health Uncovered: 'Getting Naked' for Melanoma Awareness Month

Posted by Azadeh Shirazi MD on

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The phrase "GET NAKED!" may sound unconventional, but it serves as a powerful reminder to prioritize our skin health. Be sure to perform monthly self-skin checks as they are crucial in detecting any changes or abnormalities. By becoming familiar with our own skin, we can identify potential warning signs of melanoma early on.
In addition to self-examinations, it is essential to schedule an annual dermatological skin check with a Board-Certified Dermatologist. Regular visits to a dermatologist can provide surveillance of new and existing moles and ensure timely intervention if concerns arise.Your dermatologist can also provide you with the best information for taking care of your skin as well as providing personalized preventative options. If you are interested in scheduling your yearly dermatological skin check, contact my practice La Jolla Laser Derm.

Prevention is key when it comes to melanoma. By incorporating sun-safe practices into our daily routines, we can significantly reduce the risk of developing this aggressive form of skin cancer. Here are a few practices to keep in mind: 

  1. Wear Sunscreen with SPF 30+ Daily: Applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher helps shield our skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Remember to cover all exposed areas of the body, including the face, neck, arms, and legs. 

  1. Re-apply your Sunscreen: Using a powder SPF makes reapplication easy! This mineral powder sunscreen provides effective protection against UVA/UVB rays. It glides on smoothly and sets makeup seamlessly without leaving a chalky residue. The non-greasy formula ensures clean and mess-free application, making it convenient to reapply throughout the day.

  1. Seek Shade During Peak Sun Hours: The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Whenever possible, seek shade during these peak hours to minimize exposure to intense sunlight. 

  1. Wear UPF Protective Clothing: Consider wearing clothing with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating. UPF clothing is specially designed to block UV radiation, providing an extra layer of protection for your skin. Use code Derm20 to receive 20% OFF any orders on Cabana Life during May 6-15th of 2024.

Early detection saves lives. By being proactive and vigilant about our skin health, we increase the chances of detecting melanoma in its early stages when it is most treatable. Regular self-skin checks, dermatological visits, and sun-safe practices all play a vital role in preventing melanoma and promoting overall well-being. 

Melanoma Awareness Month serves as a reminder to prioritize our skin health and take preventive measures against melanoma. By performing monthly self-skin checks, scheduling annual dermatological skin checks, and adopting sun-safe practices, you can make a significant impact in reducing your risk. GET NAKED and remember, early detection saves lives, and together, we can create a future where melanoma is less prevalent and more lives are saved.

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.