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What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (4 of 5)

[This is post four of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out our first post and stay tuned for more to come.]

  1. Spray-tanning and self-tanning do not provide protection from the sun. Remember to continue using normal sunscreens after a self-tan or spray-tan session, unless the manufacturer specifically states that adequate sunscreen is formulated into the tanning product. Spray tanning and self-tanning technology continues to improve, especially when it comes to eliminating fabric stains and odors. While many people were turned off by these “side effects” when sunless tanning was in its infancy, recent developments have all but eliminated these concerns.
  2. Patient embarrassment plays an inhibiting role when it comes to the recommended annual full-body skin care screening. Some physicians have time constraints in their practices that make such screenings impractical. Patients may feel caught off guard if they weren’t planning to undress at a particular appointment. While family physicians are more likely to have patients disrobe for other medical concerns, dermatologists are often not used to suggesting that patients undress. A dermatologist may see a patient for just an isolated wart or skin tag and attend to that, skipping the full-body screen. There’s a familiarity factor, too—patients see their family doctors several times a year, where they may rarely visit a dermatologist.
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