South Shore Skin Center, one of the most progressive dermatology practices South of Boston strives to create greater awareness of the dangers of UV exposure and skin cancer by supporting the “Don’t Fry Day” on May 22nd
May 22, 2009 has been designated as “Don’t Fry Day” by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and is sponsored by the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation of Hingham. “Don’t Fry Day” is dedicated to educating children and teens about skin cancer and its prevention. Recent data has shown that New England has the highest concentration of melanoma cases, and melanoma is the #1 cancer in young, white American women. South Shore Skin Center encourages families to practice being SunAWARE on “Don’t Fry Day” and to share their knowledge with others in order to prevent skin cancer.
Skin cancer is most commonly caused by overexposure to sunlight and artificial UV radiation (as in tanning beds). South Shore Skin Center recommends that everyone follow SunAWARE, an acronym that stands for:
· Avoid unprotected UV exposure any time and seek shade
· Wear sun protective clothing including hats and sunglasses
· Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen prior to UV exposure and reapply every two hours
· Routinely check your whole body for changes in your skin and report suspicious changes to a health care practitioner.
· Educate your family and community about sun protection.
The doctors at South Shore Skin center also advise that anyone can develop skin cancer anywhere on the body. It’s important to see a dermatologist for spots that are new or changing and that are:
· Easily irritated
To learn more about “Don’t Fry Day”, visit www.skincancerprevention.org or contact South Shore Skin Center in Cohasset at (781) 383-3340 or in Plymouth at (508) 747-0711.
About the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation
The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, located in Hingham, Mass., delivers a comprehensive sun safety and melanoma awareness program, free of charge, to school children in Massachusetts. Led by Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN, the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation’s “SunAWARE” program is delivered to children in elementary and secondary schools and teaches both skin cancer prevention and early detection. The foundation has won the 2009 American Academy of Dermatology Gold Triangle Award for their two new children’s books, Pretty Prom and Lake Vacation. For more information, contact 781-875-1SPF (1773) or visit www.melanomaprevention.org.
South Shore Skin Center
Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.
South Shore Skin Center’s cosmetic services include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL (Intensive Pulse Light), Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birth marks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, wrinkle fillers, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.
South Shore Skin Center offices are located at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202 in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340, and 45 Resnik Road, Suite 102 in Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-0711. For more information, visit their website at www.SouthShoreSkinCenter.com.