Of all the types of cancers that humans can get, skin cancer is the most common, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In fact, an article in the "Archives of Dermatology" states that more than 3.5 million cases in 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Those are sobering statistics, especially if you’ve just spent a good portion of your summer in the sun.
The risk of sun exposure wasn’t something many people gave much thought to 30 years ago. Even just a few years ago a "savage" tan (as one commercial described it) was the desired goal. With the help of coconut-scented lotion, or even baby oil, people baked in the sun for hours at a time. A burn was just an inconvenient side effect, a precursor of the darker hue to follow, or so we thought. Little did we know that a tan is actually the complete opposite of that "healthy" look we coveted.
Each day the professionals at Dermatology Associates see patients who exhibit the negative effects of too much sun exposure. Fortunately, the detection and treatment options available today are better than ever. Be sure to read about one of the most comprehensive skin disease practices in Northeast Wisconsin and how its doctors and staff are waging war on the skin cancer epidemic in our cover feature beginning on page 42.
In other news, it wouldn’t be September without mentioning that it’s back to school time, probably my favorite time of year. I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get back in the classroom at summer’s end. Thankfully, my kids have the same attitude. Picking up school supplies, backpacks and new gym shoes heightens the anticipation and we’re counting down the days. (Along those lines, we’ve got some great ideas for eco- and kid-friendly lunches in this issue of the magazine.)
But even if you’re not heading back to school, there are plenty of informative articles to help you on your path to healthy living. Enjoy them and have a great September!