Yes, it is that time of year again when the summer sun beats down and UV rays are stronger. When the sun is high in the sky, sun rays travel through less ozone than they do during winter months when the sun is lower. Even though this is more concerning for our neighbors to the north and those living in higher altitudes, everyone needs to be aware of the increased risk and take precautions to protect the skin against damaging UV rays.
Though many of us enjoy the bronzed look resulting from sunbathing, the fact remains that UV rays cause all types of skin damage. Too much sun and your skin can burn, age prematurely and wrinkle excessively. Worst of all, too much exposure to these harmful rays increases the risk for skin cancer, of which melanoma is the most dangerous type.
Protecting Yourself and Your Children
Way back when, kids could spend hours out of doors enjoying fresh air and playing in the sun. Over the decades the environment has changed, and scientists have found that the amount of UV radiation continues to increase. This increase raises the risks for skin cancer. Even though the sun is not getting any stronger, the atmospheric layers that protect the earth remain thinner than they were in past years.
For these reasons it is important for you and your children to minimize your exposure to harmful sunrays. Wearing sunblock helps and appropriate clothing can shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Does this mean it is dangerous to go outside? No, just be wise about keeping your skin protected.
Repairing Damaged Skin
Skin cancer is more likely to occur in older adults. In fact, nearly half of all Americans will develop basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma by the age of 65. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age for being diagnosed with melanoma is 63. Unfortunately, even artificial UV light, such as that used in tanning beds, also is a cause of skin cancer.
The scarring left by skin cancer can be disfiguring. Dr. Jones has the experience and skill to reconstruct these areas and minimize scarring. He is familiar with treating cancerous and non-cancerous skin issues. His proprietary methodologies result in long-lasting outcomes. As a highly respected surgeon in the field of reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jones has a reputation for providing options for the best outcomes.
If you have questions about reconstructive surgery or would like more information, contact Dr. Jones. You can schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.