Skin Cancer Screenings for Melanoma Awareness Month

17AID05_Blog_skincancerscreeningAs the recurring sponsor of the daily UV Index feature on Fox 35 in Orlando, Associates in Dermatology has become well known in many of the Central Florida communities served by our 15 locations. In turn, it has become our goal to reach out to each community in hopes of saving lives through better patient outcomes for all skin cancer treatments. “The journey begins with educating key members in the community and making everyone aware of the vital role that routine screenings play in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer,” said Dr. Michael Steppie, Associates in Dermatology President and Medical Director.

May is “Melanoma Awareness Month”, a nationwide observance founded by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to spread the word about the importance of early detection for the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition to providing better sun-safety education through their community outreach programs, Associates in Dermatology is committed to providing FREE* skin cancer screenings at each location during May. With rates for both incidences and deaths continuing to rise, melanoma is a major health concern for everyone living in warmer climates like Florida.

Consider the statistical research collected by American Academy of Dermatology:

  • An estimated 161,790 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2017.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
  • People with 50+ moles, atypical or large moles are at an increased risk for melanoma.
  • Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than men.
  • By age 65, melanoma incidence rates are twice as high in men.
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females ages 15-29.
  • In 2017, it is estimated that 9,730 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
  • Five-year survival rates for melanoma detected and treated early is 98 percent.
  • Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.

In an article penned by Dr. Michael Steppie and published in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, about half of all melanoma skin cancer occurs in men over age 50. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men. The incidence of melanoma in men ages 80 and older is three times higher than women of the same age.
Our dedication to promoting melanoma awareness and providing free skin cancer screenings each May has made Associates in Dermatology one of the most trusted sources for high quality care for those seeking skin cancer prevention and treatment. Remember skin cancer can strike anyone at any time and early detection is crucial to delivering life-saving treatments in a timely manner, so call to schedule your free skin cancer screening today.

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

Associates in Dermatology Kicks Off Melanoma Awareness Month with Communitywide Skin Cancer Screenings

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a nationwide observance designed by the American Academy of Dermatology to spread the word about the soaring rates of skin cancer and importance of early detection. Melanoma is among the deadliest forms of cancer and a major concern for residents of areas with warm climates, like Florida. Despite continuing research and advancements in treatment technology, the rate of melanoma diagnoses has been on the rise over the past 30 years in America.

Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.
  • The risk of melanoma increases with age, but the disease can strike at any time. In fact, Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults age 20-39, especially young women who frequently sunbathe or use tanning beds.

Risk factors for melanoma include exposure to the sun; atypical moles; fair, freckled skin and light colored hair; a weakened immune system; age; and a personal or family history of melanoma or other skin cancers. In the United States, men have a higher rate of melanoma than women, although this varies by age. Before age 45, the risk is higher for women; after age 45 the risk is higher in men. In fact, in an article penned by Associates in Dermatology President and Medical Director and published in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, about half of all melanoma skin cancer occur in men over age 50. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men.

To help protect those in the community we love, Associates in Dermatology is offering *free cancer screenings at each of our current 12 locations and at various community events like the recent Heart to Heart Annual Women’s Information Expo & Health Safety Awareness Event held at Waterford Lakes May 1st.  Our skin cancer awareness and community outreach initiatives have spread across six counties and been covered in many popular publications including:

  • Apopka Chief
  • Better Living
  • Celebration News
  • CMD
  • Four Corners
  • Insight Magazine
  • The News Leader
  • Orange Appeal
  • Osceola Woman Magazine
  • Life at Hunter’s Creek
  • Orlando Family Magazine
  • Orlando the Beautiful
  • Osceola Newspaper
  • Osceola Woman Magazine
  • Poinciana Pioneer
  • The Planter
  • Solavita Reflections
  • The SouthEast Post

We also were featured in a recent issue of Orlando Style Magazine, Central Florida’s leading luxury lifestyle publication, which ranks Associates in Dermatology as the top winner in the Dermatology Practice category of its Readers Choice Awards.

Our dedication to promoting skin cancer awareness and providing free screenings and information each May has made Associates in Dermatology the area’s most trusted source for high quality care for those seeking skin cancer prevention and treatment. Associates in Dermatology also has sponsored the daily UV Index feature on Orlando’s Fox 35 for five consecutive years.

Remember that skin cancer can strike anyone at any time and early detection is critical, as potentially life-saving treatment is far more effective in the early stages of the disease. So, our free screenings are an opportunity not to be missed! Call to schedule yours today. And, look for our two new locations opening in Mount Dora and Hunter’s Creek in June!

Find out more on the various forms of skin cancer:

http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

Find out more on melanoma & tips to spot it:

http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-warning-signs

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

 

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

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Among the latest media stories to go viral is that of Tawny Willoughby, a beautiful blonde wife and mother with a heartfelt message about the dangers of sunbathing and tanning beds. To see her smiling social media photos, one would assume that the bubbly 27-year-old is the picture of health – far too young to be at risk for a serious health issue like cancer. Yet, that’s exactly what she is facing right now, and she wants to help people like you avoid her plight by sharing her story just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Last month, Willoughby posted a heart-wrenching photo of her face covered in painful-looking scabs, along with the post: “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.”

Willoughby’s selfie and post since have gone viral and her story has been covered by multiple media outlets including CNN, CBS News, Good Morning America, People magazine and Huffington Post. But while her images are striking, they’re certainly not rare. In fact, one in five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives, statistics show.

Willoughby’s story is much like that of many teens and young adults. She tanned four to five times a week in high school, both in the sun and in tanning beds, which often are erroneously thought to be safer than the sun’s harmful UV rays. She has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma once and basal cell carcinoma five times since her first diagnosis at age 21, though she considers herself fortunate to have never been diagnosed with melanoma, the most prevalent and deadliest form of skin cancer which claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year (1 person dies of it every hour!).

She is much like the typical skin cancer patient we see here daily at each of Central Florida’s 12 Associates in Dermatology locations. For more than 25 years, our dedicated team, led by nationally renowned skin cancer specialist Dr. Michael Steppie, has helped to educate residents about the risks of skin cancer by providing free-of-charge skin cancer screenings*, sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature for several consecutive years and regularly contributing to print, television and online media coverage of skin cancer issues, including in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal. No doubt, you’ve seen some of this coverage in local media outlets like Osceola Health, Osceola Woman Newspaper, Insight Magazine, Apopka Chief, The Planter, Solavita Reflections, Poinciana Pioneer, Life at Hunter’s Creek, Celebration News, News Leader/Four Corners, Better Living

With springtime wrapping up and summer just around the corner, remember that while the warm rays of the sun seem tempting, they also pose a range of risks from premature aging of your skin to potentially deadly skin cancer. We here at Associates in Dermatology urge you to adopt sun-smart practices including avoiding the sun especially between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, applying a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block to your skin; donning long sleeves and pants as well as broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and seeking shady areas when spending time outside. Also, get regular skin cancer screenings and, if you spot suspicious moles and skin lesions, schedule a consultation at your nearest Associates in Dermatology, where we offer comprehensive skin cancer treatment options.

Find out more on the various forms of skin cancer:
http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

Find out more on melanoma & tips to spot it:
http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-warning-signs

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention is Dr. Steppie’s Heartfelt Mission

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an annual four-week observance initiated by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help spread the word about the risk factors of this potentially devastating condition and educate Americans on ways to prevent it. But for Dr. Michael Steppie, of Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology, every month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

One of the elite few dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons nationwide who are members of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Amonette Circle, Dr. Steppie firmly believes that it’s his life’s purpose and mission to help spread awareness among the Central Florida community of the dangers that our sun-soaking lifestyles pose to our skin’s and our bodies’ health. His heartfelt drive mirrors that of Associates in Dermatology, which also has worked tirelessly to educate patients about skin cancer risks and preventative measures over the past 25 years.

Our area’s near-year-round warm, sunny climate means many days spent outdoors on the water, on the golf course or at parks – and that means a high level of exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to skin cancer. It also means that the rates of new skin cancer diagnoses are statistically far higher here in Florida than they are in other states.

But many Americans fail to take the risk seriously. Despite the fact that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer is the United States, topping the combined instances of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer, half of all adults nationwide report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months. Doctors see the results firsthand with treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers alone increasing by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006. The number of new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, rises each year, as well. In 2014, experts expect nearly 140,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed. And by 2015, it is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.

That’s why Dr. Steppie and his staff of top-notch skincare experts routinely hold free skin cancer screenings at each of Associates in Dermatology’s 12 Central Florida locations. Dr. Steppie also is a regular contributor to print, television and online media with articles and campaigns aimed at educating the public about the rates and risks of skin cancer, and encouraging them to adopt the simple practices that will help protect them. Associates in Dermatology is sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature throughout the summer, and you may have seen Dr. Steppie’s skin cancer awareness campaign in May issues of The Orlando Sentinel and A Better You, a health insert magazine available at Whole Foods

You might also have seen his Free Skin Cancer Screening campaign advertised throughout Central FL with informative editorials on skin cancer in: Orange Appeal, South West Orlando Bulletin, Hunter’s Creek Magazine, Celebration News, Reflections Magazine (for Solavita Residents), Poinciana Pioneer, Osceola News Gazette, Osceola Health, The Apopka Chief, The Apopka Planter and Better Living.

Just last month, Dr. Steppie also penned an article about the rise in skin cancer occurrences among America’s Hispanic population.

These are just a few examples of Dr. Steppie’s tireless efforts to help Central Florida residents live long, healthy, skin cancer-free lives. To schedule your own skin cancer screening or treatment, call 800-827-SKIN (7546) or use our convenient online scheduling form.

Associates in Dermatology Helps Golf Pros Play it Safe in the Sun with 2 days of Free Skin Cancer Screenings!

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Dr. Steppie is starting off 2014 by continuing its skin cancer awareness outreach efforts in the Central Florida community. And this year, he is reaching out to the golfing community.

Avid golfers spend lots of time in the sunshine, which means they’re constantly exposed to harmful UV rays – by far the leading cause of skin cancer. That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie, has arranged for Associates in Dermatology’s healthcare providers to perform partial skin cancer screenings during the Orlando Golf Industry Show on February 5 and 6.

The Golf Industry Show (GIS) takes place at the Orange County Convention Center, located in the heart of the region’s tourism district. Approximately 8,000 representatives from golf courses and golf course owners associations from around the country attend the show each year. These golf course professionals and their staff are at a particularly high skin cancer risk due to the sheer amount of time their jobs require them to be outside in the sun. For them, early skin cancer detection is critical, but busy schedules can limit their opportunity to be screened regularly.

To that end, Dr. Steppie is committed to educating golfers and golfing industry professionals on the risks of and treatments for skin cancer – an epidemic in the golf community. He has partnered with The Sun SafeTee® Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that (www.sunsafetee.org ) that teaches golfers how to protect themselves in the sun. And Dr. Steppie’s editorial, Playing it Safe on the Golf Course, published in golf directories available in the top 10 Orlando Golf country clubs (including Bay Hill, Isleworth, Windermere, the Ritz Carlton, Orlando Golden Bear at Keene’s Point) for the past three years will be distributed to attendees.

Click here to download Dr. Steppie’s editorial : Playing it Safe on the Golf Course!

Click here to find out more on the Sun Safe tee Program. www.sunsafetee.org

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