Understanding Sun Protection Products and Protecting Yourself from Arizona Skin Cancer

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Buying sunscreen to fend off Arizona Skin Cancer can be a very confusing ordeal, especially once you discover that it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ purchase. Discover the important information you need to know about purchasing and using sunscreen in Phoenix.

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Tougher Skin Cancer Warnings on Tanning Beds

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Do you want to know what one of the greatest pet peeves of a Phoenix dermatologist is? Tanning beds. I’m sure you can imagine why, but were you aware of the fact that tanning beds not only raise your risk for melanoma, but for non-melanoma skin cancers as well. Dr. Racette here at Family Practice Specialists, our in-house dermatologist, focus on skin cancer prevention, which is one of the reasons why tanning beds are such an annoyance.
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Arizona Skin Cancer Awareness Month – 2013

May is Arizona Skin Cancer Awareness Month


According to the University of Arizona, Arizona has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that Arizona will have approximately 1,400 new cases of melanoma in 2013. It is for this exact reason that Dr. Racette focus on prevention and early diagnosis. Click on his image below for information on our highly experienced dermatologists.

                                 Dr. Andrew Racette_dermatologist_phoenix, az

Through a recent research study conducted by the University of Arizona, results showed that approximately 76,690 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year, and over 9,000 people will die from the disease.  Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years and continue to increase by almost 3% each year.


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There are many types of possible skin cancer, which is simply an abnormal aberration of cells.  From Basal cell carcinoma to Squamous cell carcinoma to the potential fatal melanoma, it’s important to seek out a professional’s opinion on any moles or skin abnormalities that you might find.


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A paramount cause of many skin cancers is exposure to UltraViolet radiation, or UV Rays, found in our Arizona sun, commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds. there is a reason why the Phoenix weatherman will share the UV Index for the day, especially during the summer months – it directly affects skin cancer risk. While other risk factors come into play, such as family history, immune system strength, and moles, exposure to sunlight is one of those risks that can be controlled. Click the image below to check today’s UV Index:


Arizona UV Index


For more information on skin cancer, give us a call and schedule an appointment –  602.955.8700