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Dr. Michael Huether

High SPF Sunscreens are the way to go

High SPF Sunscreens are the way to go

Sunscreen is an important part of an overall sun protection plan. Hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing are also components of this plan. I would bet that most of us would rather wear sunscreen than a full face mask. But, choosing the right sunscreen is important. The sun protection factor (SPF) is a number that measures the UV-B protection offered by sunscreen. With a 30 SPF sunscreen adequately applied, it would 30 times longer to get a sun burn than if not using the sunscreen. I am surprised that I occasionally find sunscreen products with SPF 4 or SPF 8...

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Dr. Michael Huether

What do you mean I need to cover up? It’s cold outside!

What do you mean I need to cover up? It’s cold outside!

It seems easy for most of us to remember to practice sun protection when it starts getting nice outside. We are reminded to cover up when we see sunscreen kiosks at our favorite retailer. Most health and beauty magazines have a “get ready for summer” issue that offers tips to avoid sunburn and sun damage. When the swim suits go on we have been conditioned to apply sunscreen to prevent a sun burn. Especially here in Arizona when it is 100+ degrees outside, our brains give us an unconscious nudge to cover up. “Wow, is it hot!” Unfortunately, in more...

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Dr. Michael Huether

What does skin cancer look like?

What does skin cancer look like?

Unless one has a friend or family member who has had a skin cancer, it is very common when a patient develops a skin cancer for the first time that it catches them off guard. You may have seen photos of skin cancer in a magazine or on the wall in a doctor’s office, but when it shows up on your own skin, it just doesn’t register as being a problem in many cases. So, for the most part, skin cancers have typically been present for months to years before getting attention. The problem lies in the fact that they...

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Dr. Michael Huether

You Have Skin Cancer...

You Have Skin Cancer...

You’ve just been told that the skin biopsy you had done at the dermatologist’s office last week showed skin cancer.  The news hits you hard.  Me?  Really?  Why me? Most people feel the same hearing news like that.  Many questions start to run through their minds once they hear the news.  Practicing for 18 years as a skin cancer surgeon, I answer these typical skin cancer questions with multiple patients each day.  Is this a curable problem?  With some exceptions, most skin cancer is highly curable. What kind of treatment do I need?  Surgery is the most common treatment since the...

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