Each of us has the power to reduce our risk of developing melanoma through sensible sun practices and to prevent life-threatening melanoma with early detection. Although one American dies per hour from melanoma, when caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is almost 100 percent curable. My advice is to become familiar with the moles on your body through monthly self-skin exams. Through this practice, you'll be able to recognize any spots that change over time. If you do notice a change, run, don't walk, to your dermatologist for evaluation. Acting quickly might just save your life. Below are my sun safety tips to help you enjoy the summer season!
Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D. is an internationally‐known author and lecturer on cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She is the co‐director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. and serves on the clinical faculty in the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Tanzi has also served as a consulting dermatologist to L'Oreal USA to assist in the development of advanced skin care products. Her contributions to the field of dermatology and her personal battle with skin cancer have been featured in many media outlets including The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Vogue, and many more.
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