Improving Color of Scars & Uneven Skin Pigment

Dermatological Surgeons Develop Breakthrough Treatment for Improving Color of Scars and Uneven Skin Pigment

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The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Miami Marlins are teaming up to help strike out skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. The Miami Marlins will demonstrate the importance of skin cancer prevention and detection when players, coaches, front office staff and family members are screened for skin cancer this summer.

The screening is part of the fifth annual Play Smart When It Comes to the Sun public education program designed to raise awareness about skin cancer through a partnership between the AAD, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. In addition to the Miami Marlins, Major League Baseball teams throughout the country will be screened for skin cancer during the season by local dermatologists in their areas.

Skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Of these cases, more than 91,900 are melanoma, a cancer that claims 7,600 lives each year. Skin cancer is a threat particularly for professional baseball players and their fans because of the many hours spent in the midday sun, a major risk factor for developing this potentially life-threatening condition.

“Skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to detect in its earliest stages because the signs are right there on the surface of the skin,” said dermatologist Barry Resnik, M.D. “By participating in the skin cancer screenings, the Miami Marlins are serving as important role models for their fans. We encourage everyone to follow their lead by practicing sun-safe behaviors and conducting skin self-examinations.”Skin self-examinations consist of regularly looking over the entire body, including the back, scalp, soles of feet, between the toes and on the palms of the hands. If there are any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole, or any other unusual changes in the skin, you should see your dermatologist immediately.

“The Miami Marlins know how important prevention and early detection is to fighting this potentially deadly disease,” said Barry Resnik, M.D. “We hope all baseball fans also understand its importance and protect themselves and their families from the dangers of the sun by wearing sunscreen and hats when they come out to the ballpark.”

Like the Miami Marlins, consumers also can participate in skin cancer screenings throughout the year. Nearly 2,000 volunteer dermatologists across the country will offer free screenings at local hospitals, work places, health fairs and other locations. More information on free skin cancer screenings is available on the AAD’s Web site at www.aad.org.

Since 1985, volunteer dermatologists have conducted more than 1.3 million screenings and have detected more than 122,000 suspicious lesions, including 14,400 suspected melanomas.

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk for melanoma. The AAD recommends that everyone follow these sun protection guidelines:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest
  • Seek shade whenever possible
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
  • Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and
  • Follow the “Shadow Rule” - if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to sunburn

The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 14,000 dermatologists worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.