If you are unsure of your risk of developing skin cancer, or what kind of UV damage you may have already been exposed to, a test provided by dermaglow® can aid in determining this. The dermaDNA™ MD Cellular Assessment Kit involves swabbing the inside of a patients cheek to aid in determining the potential risk of developing skin cancer. A second swab is done on the bridge of the nose to determine what damage the skin has already been exposed to. The findings are sent to a private laboratory and results are sent back for review. This test does not eliminate the need for on-going examinations of your skin by a Dermatologist or Family Physician.
For a limited time, patients who book a dermaDNA™ Cellular Assessment for the month of May will be offered a promotional price of $50, ($250 regular price) which will include a full review and explanation of the results with a nurse, and a complimentary post analysis about their current sun protection and skin care.
It will be suggested that patients who show elevated risks of developing skin cancer or have damaged skin caused by the sun, may benefit from applying dermaDNA™MD Advanced Repair Serum. This serum has Resveratrol; which is an antioxidant that promotes the regeneration and strengthening of the mitochondria. A healthy mitochondria is essential in achieving and maintaining healthy skin.
This serum works well in combination with dermaglow® SPF85. As mentioned previously, it is strongly advised when venturing out into the sun that an SPF30 or higher be used and be reapplied every few hours, especially after any physical activity that involves sweating or swimming. Both the serum and the sunscreen are available for purchase at our Skin Spa.
Be aware that applying protective sunscreen everyday should not be the only preventative action in the prevention of skin cancer. Be sure to check for any suspicious lesions and take a proactive approach by seeing your Dermatologist regularly, as skin cancer is most preventable and treatable when detected early. Remember to use the ABCDE rule in examining moles and the 5 steps to a skin cancer self check exam.
The 5 Steps to a skin cancer self check exam:
- Using a mirror in a well lit room, check front of body, face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest abdomen, thighs and lower legs.
- Turn sideways, raise your arms and look at the left and right side of your body, including underarms.
- With a handheld mirror check your upper and lower back, neck and scalp and the back of your thighs and calves.
- Examine your forearms, palms, back of hands, fingernails and in between each finger.
- Finally, check the top of your feet, soles, toenails, toes, and spaces in between.
The ABCDE rule when examining moles:
A – Area of one half of mole is different from the other.
B – Borders or edges are irregular or ragged.
C – Colour is not uniform, variation of white, brown, black, grey and red.
D – Diameter size is bigger than 6 millimeters, about the size of a quarter.
E – Evolution of the area is present, change in size, colour, and shape. Symptoms such as itching, tenderness, and bleeding.