Dr. Leslie Capin Spotlights Importance of Skin Cancer Checks in Channel 2 Interview
Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Leslie Capin, founder of Dermatology Associates of Colorado (with offices in Englewood, Castle Rock, and Aurora), was recently featured in a health segment on Colorado's very own Channel 2, addressing the importance of prevention and the early detection of skin cancer in saving lives.
Dr. Capin, who is also a member of the Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Medical Executive Committee, was interviewed by reporter Dan Daru following an introduction by Anchor Chris Parente, who confided on air that he'd recently had two suspicious spots removed from his own face.
In response to questions about preventing skin cancer, Dr. Capin recommends using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, which creates a physical block, seeking shade as often as possible, especially between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and wearing long sleeves, long pants and a broad-brimmed hat when in the sun for prolonged periods of time. She also stressed the importance of getting an an annual total-body skin cancer exam and performing self exams as well to check for any moles or spots that are changing.
In response to questions about Coloradoans' sun exposure, Dr. Capin responded that Colorado is a "healthy state" and people spend a lot of time outdoors. "Because of our high altitude, we're at high risk," she stated. "I've seen malignant melanoma as young as eight years old."
The lighter you are, blue eyes, blonde or red hair, the more prone to skin cancer you may be, but people with skin of all colors are susceptible.
Daru requested his skin cancer exam, and recounted a phrase he'd heard: "Get naked and save a life!"
To see the entire segment, click here.
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