Nurse practitioner Jill Kuethe recently spoke with Channel 12’s Health Check regarding the importance of sun protection, particularly during the summer months. Jill recently joined Tareen Dermatology after practicing oncology for many years. After treating patients with advanced melanoma, Jill decided that she wanted to help prevent and treat melanoma earlier. At Tareen Dermatology, Jill regularly checks patients for irregular moles that could turn into a melanoma if left untreated. Additionally, Jill educates her patients on the importance of regular sunscreen application and choosing the best methods for sun protection.
Sunscreens should be labeled with the phrase ‘broad-spectrum’, which means that the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. As a result, these sunscreens help to prevent both photo-aging of the skin (wrinkles and brown spots from sun exposure) and the development of skin cancers from sun exposure. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and after swimming or sweating. The days of thick, greasy sunscreen are over; there are now many cosmetically elegant formulations, so there is no excuse not to wear sunscreen daily. Jill discussed these sunscreen tips with Health Check and shared her own personal experience with an atypical mole.