Nashville Cosmetic Surgery: Don Griffin, MD
4322 Harding Pike #314
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 321-1003
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness MonthIt might not feel like it, but despite the rain, cool weather and quarantine, Summer IS coming. If you haven’t already, you’ll start spending more and more time outside.

As a plastic surgeon, I see the effects of unprotected sun exposure every day. In my practice, this mostly entails working with patients to correct and reverse the visible aging effects of unprotected sun exposure: pigment spots, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. But I also see a lot of skin cancers.

And since May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, I thought it would be a good idea to present some statistics and talk about prevention.

Skin Cancer Facts 1 in 5 Americans will developer skin cancer by the age of 70

When detected early, the five year survival rate for melanoma is 99%

A few steps that can go a long way in reducing your chances of skin cancer include avoiding the sun when rays are strongest, proper sun protection with protective clothing, a good physical sunblock, and staying away from tanning beds. And be sure not to ignore any new growths, bumps, freckles or sores that develop on your skin. Should you develop a skin cancer, it’s much simpler to remove smaller occurrences.

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