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Your male patients probably have knowledge gaps regarding skin cancer

Men’s skin cancer knowledge lags behind that of women, according to a survey

conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

“It’s important for both men and women to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and regularly examine their entire body, including hard-to- see areas, for signs of skin cancer,” stated dermatologist Dr. Abel Torres, president of the AAD, in a press release. “While our survey results indicate that men do not know as much about skin cancer prevention and detection as women, men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, so it is especially important for them to be vigilant about protecting and monitoring their skin.”

Findings from the survey:

  • Only 56% of men know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, compared to 76% of women;

  • Just 54% of men know that getting a base tan is not a healthy way to protect your skin from the sun, compared to 70% of women; and

  • Only 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun, compared to 65% women.

In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May,

the AAD is asking the public to ensure their skin is “Looking Good in 2016” by making

a habit of using sun protection and performing regular skin self-examinations.

“To keep your skin looking good and reduce your skin cancer risk, the AAD

recommends protecting yourself from the sun by seeking shade, wearing protective

clothing, and using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or

higher,” Dr. Torres says. “And since skin cancer—including melanoma, the deadliest

form of skin cancer—is highly treatable when detected early, it’s important to regularly

take a good look at your skin and check it for suspicious spots, asking someone you trust

to help you examine hard-to- see areas.”

The AAD highlights the importance of early detection in its new skin cancer public service advertisement, “Looking Good.”

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