Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  October 2015

Office News

Same Day Appointments!:  Same day appointments are available with Lauren Wilson, PA-C and Shawne Caputo, PA-C!  Please take advantage of this opportunity for any skin care needs.

Extended Hours:  We have extended hours to 5 pm  Monday-Thursday. This allows students and teachers to schedule follow up appointments with our physician assistants.

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Featured Topic:

Who Needs Sunscreen in the Fall?

you need sunscreen year round

While fall is almost here, you should continue applying sunscreen to exposed skin before heading outdoors. Sun protection is important year round. Even when the sun’s rays feel less intense, they can harm unprotected skin. Many skin cancers develop on areas like the head, neck, and hands, which tend to get the most sun exposure.

To help you get the protection you expect from sunscreen, there’s a new article that can help you decode sunscreen labels. You’ll find easy-to-understand definitions for required terms like SPF. You’ll also find out what terms like “baby” and “sensitive skin” may say about the sunscreen’s ingredients.

How to decode sunscreen lingo- click here.

What dermatologists tell their patients:

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad spectrum protection
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
  • Water resistance

A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. Seeking shade and wearing sun-protective clothing are also important.

Related Resources:

Biting Nails can cause more serious problems

Nail biting can affect more than the appearance of your nails. Chronic nail biting can lead to sore skin around the nails and more serious problems. With a bit of determination and some practical advice from dermatologists, it’s possible to stop. In this month’s video, you’ll learn what dermatologists recommend.

Learn how to stop biting your nails.

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan may have high skin cancer risk
prevent and spot cancer

If you served in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may want to see a dermatologist to find out how often you should have a skin cancer exam.

Researchers have found that veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan often spent 4 or more hours a day in bright sunlight without sun protection. This increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin cancer exams can find skin cancer early. Found early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

Read more about the study here
Serving in Middle East may raise skin cancer risk in U.S. vets

Academy resource:

Melanoma patients: Keep follow-up appointments

If you’ve had melanoma, you have a higher risk of developing another melanoma. This risk may be greatest for white men who are 60 years of age and older, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. For these patients, the risk was greatest during the first year after being diagnosed with melanoma.

Keeping all dermatology appointments and checking your skin can help you find melanoma early when it can often be cured.

Learn more about the study here.
Multiple primary melanomas most likely in first year after initial melanoma diagnosis

Academy resources:

Photos reveal magic of Camp Discovery 2015Camp Discovery 2015

This summer, Camp Discovery gave more than 300 children with a skin condition the opportunity to enjoy a week of summer camp. They swam, fished, boated, and participated in other camp activities while making friends.

You can see the magic and joy on these kids’ faces at: Photo gallery

Dermatologists help you make informed decisions
In August, dermatologists from around the world gathered in New York City. Their mission was to learn about and discuss findings from the latest scientific research in dermatology. Because these findings can help people make informed health decisions, dermatologists also took time to share key research findings and a few tips.

You’ll find the expertise that dermatologists shared on the following pages:
Study: Fewer moles may mean more aggressive melanoma
The first steps of sun protection: How to keep your baby safe
Don’t let the bedbugs bite
Research links psoriasis, depression
What’s causing that rash?

Joining Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ could save a life
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Hikes are scheduled in different regions across the United States. You can also create your own hike. If hiking is not your thing, you never have to leave your chair. You can join the 2015 virtual hike.

Make a difference by signing up today: Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ 2015 or do the 2015 virtual hikes


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