Lansing, Michigan Doctor's Approach: People are unaware, tanning beds can contribute to Skin Cancer

A recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology reflects something that many skin cancer experts are very concerned with: lack of knowledge within the public about the inherent dangers of tanning beds.
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Jan. 10, 2011 - PRLog -- For one such expert, Dr. Marcy Street, a board certified dermatologist in Lansing MI and the nation’s first African American female MOHS surgeon in the country, the news is unfortunately not surprising. ‘As a skin cancer expert, it is exceptionally unfortunate that there are still people who aren’t aware that tanning beds can contribute to skin cancer. The situation harkens back to the inception of cigarettes. People thought they didn’t do any harm, and it wasn’t until much later that the health effects began to be seen in real terms. I wonder how many people would be willing to use tanning beds if they had a warning notice on the door that the person might get skin cancer from using them. Maybe we’ll get there in the next few years.’

Among other characteristics that the study found, a certain percentage (18.3% women and 6.3% of men) were found to use both spray tanning combined with tanning bed use.

A subset of the study of 821 people were asked what they knew about skin cancer prevention. A mere 13.1% of women and 4.2% of men said that avoiding tanning beds was a means by which one could prevent skin cancer.

‘There’s just not nearly enough information circulating about how very life threatening tanning beds are’ says Dr. Street. ‘More should be done to make the public as aware as possible about the risks.’

Dr. Marcy Street, Lansing, Michigan, board certified, Mayo clinic trained dermatologist has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. She is a recognized skin care and skin cancer expert with many articles published in popular magazines, professional journals and newspapers. She is also the first Black female Mohs Surgeon in the nation. Dr. Street has also has been interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken to physicians’ groups in both the United States and abroad as a skin cancer expert. She is also the founder of a skin care line also under the name Doctor’s Approach.

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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.
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