ONCE BURNED, TWICE SHY?

The American Cancer Society reports that about 76,690 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and nearly 9,500 people are expected to die of the disease. Hearing these statistics, one might think that melanoma survivors would do everything they could not to become a member of the latter group. Yet, dermatologists are dismayed by new research showing that more than one melanoma survivor in four (27.3%) admitted to never wearing sunscreen when they go outdoors on a warm, sunny day for more than one hour. They do so in spite of the fact that the risk of a second primary melanoma is nine times greater among survivors than the risk of melanoma in the general population.

The warning signs of skin cancer may include changes in the surface of a mole, scales, bleeding, as well as tenderness, itchiness and pain. If you have any signs to suggest a skin disease, see a medical specialist. If you do not have a dermatologist at this time, we are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Just as some smokers continue smoking after a lung-cancer diagnosis, melanoma survivors may continue to expose themselves to UV radiation (the primary cause of melanoma) because they are addicted to sun exposure.

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