The Bare Facts About Skin Cancer

Learn How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun’s Dangerous Rays

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States, but in most cases it’s preventable.

Skin cancer is a hot topic in sunny Southern California, more so than other areas of the country where people don’t enjoy the outdoors quite as often due to cold weather.  With SoCal residents facing an elevated risk, it’s important to be aware of effective prevention techniques.

“Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States,” says Dr. Michael Trauner, a dermatologist and member of the Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) Medical Staff.  “But in most cases, it’s preventable.”  Dr. Trauner will be the keynote speaker at a free educational seminar being help at 6 p.m. on April 10th at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.  At the seminar, Dr. Trauner will discuss ways you can protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous rays – and a skin cancer diagnosis.

At his free seminar on April 10th, Dr. Trauner will help you navigate the skin care aisle and make the best product choices.

Dr. Trauner will review the importance of seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, what sunscreens are most effective, what SPF means, and what types of hats offer the best protection (hint: it’s not a baseball cap).  Dr. Trauner will also discuss daily skin care, how to check for skin cancer on your body, and ways to delay aging of the skin.  He’ll explain why the sun is damaging to our skin and what you can do to slow down the clock so your skin looks healthy as you age.  And, if you’re unsure what the best products are as you walk down the skin care aisle and feel overwhelmed by the number of choices, he’ll address that quandary too, so you’ll know what to buy in the future.

The Bare Facts

Here are five facts about skin cancer that you should know, from the American College of Mohs Surgery (named for Frederic E. Mohs, the physician who pioneered Mohs surgery):

  1. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and most cases are preventable.
  2. 5 million people in the United States are treated annually for skin cancer at a cost of $8.1 billion.
  3. Over 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States annually are thought to be related to indoor tanning, a fact that may not be as
    Summer is right around the corner! Protect yourself by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and choosing the right SPF.

    widely known as it should be.

  4. 1 in 3 Americans get sunburned each year, and having a sunburn is a risk for future skin cancer.
  5. Other skin cancer risk factors include having fair skin, blue eyes, having had a sunburn as a child, and sustaining any sun damage to the skin before the age of 18.

Summer will be here before you know it, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend Dr. Trauner’s seminar and prepare for the sunniest time of year!  CLICK HERE for event details and registration information.