PORTLAND -- The warm weather has a Providence Dermatologist reminding us to use sunscreen, and she’s especially concerned about the rising rate of melanoma among young women.
“Oregon leads the nation when it comes to the number of young women dying from melanoma,” warned Dr. Kristin Stevens.
She points to time outside without protection and tanning beds as reasons and says don’t be fooled by our cooler climate.
“You’re still getting about 70 percent of the ultraviolet rays coming through the clouds, and it comes through window glass when you’re sitting at work.”
Driving the car is another place for exposure, and Dr. Steven says more cancers are occurring on the hands and left side of the face.
Patient Autumn Nichols believes her melanoma was the result of years of tanning bed use.
“I tanned in my teens and into my 20’s but I was shocked to get the diagnosis,” she remembered. “I think we need to teach our kids especially our daughters not to tan.”
Dr. Steven recommends an SPF of at least 30 and she says it needs to be reapplied every two to three hours.
“It needs to be part of your daily routine,” she concluded.