Important Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

Vol. 12, No. 2
August, 2002

  • Winthrop�s New Radiation Oncology Center Offers Most Advanced Technology and Outpatient Treatment in Region Provides
    Patients with Quick, Targeted Treatment

  • Winthrop Surgeons Offer New Hope for People with Morbid Obesity

  • Winthrop�s Orthopedic Surgeons Provide Access to New Type of Relief for Knee Pain
    Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure May Help Those Slowed Down by Osteoarthritis

  • Comprehensive Neurological Intensive Care Unit Opens at Winthrop
    New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

  • Biofeedback Therapy Offers Patients at Winthrop Control Over Their Own Health

  • Allergy Sufferers - Prepared for Allergy Season?

  • Important Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

  • Winthrop�s $6.6 Million Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project Continues to Move Right Along

  • Plans for Multi-Faith Chapel in the Works as Winthrop�s Pastoral Care and Education Program Continues to Reach out to Patients

  • First Epileptic Patient Undergoes PET Scan at Winthrop�s PET Imaging Center

  • Latex Allergies a Big Concern
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  • Healthcare with a Smile - It�s the Personal Touch that Makes Winthrop Welcoming and World Class

  • Life and the Human Spirit Celebrated at Cancer Survivor�s Day

  • Local Family Raises $6,400 to Benefit Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids

  • Marvin Tiger Foundation Donation Provides Children at Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids with Hours of Fun, Entertainment

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals Donates $10,000 to Winthrop�s Emergency Services Program

  • Sleep Disorders Center at Winthrop Achieves AASM Reaccreditation

  • 78th Annual Meeting of Winthrop-University Hospital�s Auxiliary Recounts a Year of Many Successes

  • Winthrop Physicians Named Among Elite in New York Magazine�s 2002 Listing of the �Best Doctors in New York�

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  • Most doctors will tell you that the best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to stay out of the sun. According to physicians at Winthrop-University Hospital there are ways to protect your skin this summer without being locked inside by following a few important precautionary steps.

    With an estimated one million Americans to be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer this year, Frank DeMento, MD, Chief of Dermatology at Winthrop recommends that individuals use plenty of sunscreen and avoid over-exposure to the sun's damaging Ultra Violet (UV) rays.

    "Guarding the skin against the main culprit of skin cancer � the sun's UV rays - is most important," says Dr. DeMento. He recommends that people limit exposure to the sun, cover-up with protective clothing including hats, and use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.

    "It is also very important to reapply sunscreen every few hours and after swimming. I also recommend using sunscreen that is water resistant - the higher the number the more water-resistant. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 blocks out about 95% of the ultraviolet rays and a product with an SPF of 30 blocks out about 98% of UV rays."

    Winthrop's experts offer these sun protection tips to help you stay burn-free:

    • Minimize your time in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is the strongest.
    • Cover up with a hat and light colored clothing when outdoors during peak hours.
    • Use SPF 15 or higher on cloudy and overcast days, as well as sunny days.
    • Apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors.
    • Reapply after swimming, toweling, or playing sports.
    • Keep infants (under the age of six months) out of the sun.
    • Be aware that the sun's rays can also be harmful in the wintertime.
    • Medications, such as birth control pills, antihistamines, antidepressants and certain antibiotics can cause increased sensitivity to the sun.

    Dr. DeMento also warns "not to let your guard down on overcast days. Some of worst burns occur during partly cloudy days."

    For more information on skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, call 1-516-663-0333.

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