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By Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics
January 14, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

While many people love achieving a beautiful golden glow, no one wants their love of tanning to turn into skin cancer in Issaquah. Yet, millions of Americans put themselves at risk for developing the serious disease and needing to see Dr. Suseela Narra, MD for treatment by believing skin cancer myths that simply aren't true. Whether you love tanning or you only get a little tan on occasion, here are four major skin cancer myths you need to be aware of.

1. You Only Need Sunscreen At the Beach

While you do need sunscreen at the beach, the beach isn't the only place you can be overexposed to the sun. Contrary to popular Skin Cancerbelief, you can get too much sun exposure on a cloudy day, while driving, or even inside near a window. If you're going to be outside or near a window for any length of time, you may want to consider putting on sunscreen just in case.

2. Getting A Base Tan Will Protect Your Skin from Damage

While a base tan may reduce your risk of burning, it does not reduce your risk of cancer in Issaquah. Every time your skin changes color - even if the change is only slight - it is a sign of skin damage. The best way to prevent a sunburn isn't to get a tan, but to wear a good sunscreen.

3. People of Color Don't Have to Worry About Sun Damage

While people of color are less likely to get skin cancer in Issaquah, they are more likely to die from it. There are even certain forms of skin cancer that are more commonly seen in people of color. Whether your skin is light, dark or somewhere in between, you still need to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

4. Tanning Beds are a Safe Alternative to the Sun

Tanning beds are an alternative to the sun, but they aren't a safe one. Tanning beds contain both UVA and UVB rays - the same types of rays that are found in sunlight. Tanning light is also much more concentrated, so your chances of getting skin damage are much more severe.

There's nothing wrong with wanting beautiful, radiant skin - you should look and feel your best! Sun damage is not the way to achieve the look you desire, however. Choose a sunless tanner instead, and spare your body the risk of developing skin cancer. If you're worried that your tanning or sun exposure may have damaged your skin, visit Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics in Issaquah.

By Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics
January 13, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Issaquah  
skin cancer Issaquah dermatologistEven if you have carefully practiced sun safety in the summer, it is still important to continue to be vigilant about your skin in every season. Throughout the year, Dr. Suseela Narra reminds you to examine your skin head-to-toe once a month, looking for any suspicious lesions. While you might have protected yourself during the summer, you may not notice any changes right away.  By understanding the ABCDE’s of skin cancer from Issaquah dermatologist, Dr. Narra, we can help you protect your skin.
 

Dr. Narra Shares the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer for Issaquah Residents

 
As a resident of Issaquah, skin cancer awareness is important and Dr. Narra is available to work with you on prevention and detection.  Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early, when they can almost always be completely cured.
 
A – Asymmetry – If you draw a line through a mole, the two halves will not match.
 
B – Border – The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, with the edges scalloped or notched.
 
C – Color – A variety of colors is another warning sign and can include a number of different shades of brown, tan or black.  Melanoma can even become red, blue or another color.
 
D – Diameter – Melanomas are typically large in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser, but can also be smaller when first detected.
 
E – Evolving – Any change in a mole, such as size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting, are all warning signs.
 
It is vital to catch melanoma early, which is why Dr. Suseela Narra offers the ABCDE’s of skin cancer for Issaquah residents to promote self-exams.  Dr. Narra is committed to providing superior care for her patients in Issaquah and skin cancer prevention is key.  Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Narra for further diagnosis and treatment so that you can protect your skin from skin cancer.