Joel Schlessinger MD is seeing more cases of skin cancer every year.

In recent years, people have come to understand the dangers of UV exposure and have begun to take steps to protect themselves. Despite these advances, board-certified dermatologists such as Joel Schlessinger MD are still seeing growing numbers of skin cancer due to years without proper sun protection. The types of skin cancer vary, but they are all caused by overexposure to UV light.

In this video, Joel Schlessinger MD explains three types of skin cancer, the risks they pose and how you can protect yourself.

Not all types of skin cancer are equal, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

On a day-to-day basis, Joel Schlessinger MD sees three types of skin cancer most often. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form and is also the most easily treatable. This type of skin cancer poses an extremely low risk of spreading and causing complications. Squamous cell carcinoma is a more problematic type because there is a risk, although low, that this cancer will spread throughout the body.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma. This type affects approximately one in 40 individuals. Early detection is key when treating melanoma because this type of cancer has a high risk of spreading.

Routine checkups with a dermatologist such as Joel Schlessinger MD can reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Along with regular visits to your dermatologist, you should routinely check your skin for new or unusual marks. Wearing a sunscreen daily will also reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. On days when you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time, stay in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the UV rays are strongest.

Find more videos from Joel Schlessinger MD on his YouTube channel.

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 7:19 pm
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