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Best Defense Against Skin Cancer


Your skin is your body's first line of defense from exposure to the environment. Located on the surface of our body, it is the most susceptible to receive damage from the sun's radiation. Similar to other types of cancer, skin cancer often starts with DNA damage. To safely enjoy the outdoors, we recommend:

Sun Avoidance

Seek shade; avoid the sun between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Cover Up

Wear light colored, tightly-woven clothes that cover well; wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Protect your skin by using a physical sunscreen, such as Steppie MD - Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens enriched with anti-oxidants, that provide Broad-Spectrum, SPF 50+ protection from both UVA ("aging rays") and UVB ("burning") rays.

Both stand out from other sunscreens as they are formulated with a superior, pure physical sunscreen - micronized zinc oxide, which leaves a transparent finish while providing up to 50 times your skin's natural protection from sunburn.

Micronized zinc oxide reflects harmful UV rays off the skin compared to chemical sunscreens that absorb UV rays.

Steppie MD - Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens SPF 50+ are for all skin types, gentle on sensitive and acne-prone skin and are available at all 15 Associates in Dermatology locations.

Self Examination

Perform monthly self-examinations of your entire body - watch for unusual marks or changes to your skin. Refer to the ABCDE's of Melanoma.

Regular exams

We recommend regular professional skin exams at our Orlando dermatology practice.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.

I recently saw Annette at the Altamonte office for a skin screening. I was greeted by Carol, who was very pleasant and upbeat. She made me feel at ease from the moment I walked in and explained the paperwork and co-pay questions I had. My appointment was at 9:30am and Annette's nurse called me back at 9:35am. I was pleasantly surprised that my appointment was on time. Not that I would have minded waiting, since that is normally how that goes at a doctor's office. The medical assistant was very professional, explained procedures and answered any questions I had with knowledge. Annette is a very smart and detail oriented person, she was very pleasant to talk to and answered my questions and concerns. She gave me information brochures, samples of creams and I left with a good peace of mind. I felt that all of my concerns were addressed and Annette listened to all of my concerns. I would highly recommend this office to everybody. It is a great team, the have a great work ethic and dynamic going on! Thank you all for a great experience.

— Carol G.

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