BILOXI, Miss., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. John H. Phillips and Biloxi Dermatology Solutions have joined the fight against skin cancer by offering a free and potentially life-saving skin cancer screening on Friday, May 1st, from 9 am to 12 pm for any adult who has not had their skin screened in the past 12 months. To schedule a screening, please call 228-207-5140.
Since skin cancer was first acknowledged as an epidemic in the U.S. in 20101 more than 1 million cases have been diagnosed. The American Academy of Dermatology and The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery continue to spearhead the fight against skin cancer by promoting the importance of annual skin cancer screenings with the goal of educating communities across the country on the importance of early detection of skin cancer and maintaining health skin.
The signs of sun-damaged skin are not always immediately obvious, but the effects of sun damage can accumulate and worsen over time. At Biloxi Dermatology Solutions we can't stress enough the importance of regular skin exams by a board-certified dermatologist as well as self-exams and daily sun-safe behaviors, such as applying a golf ball-sized amount of SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen every day, throughout the day, based on your time spent outdoors. Remember, sunscreen has an expiration date typically 3 years from its manufactured date.
While a regular skin exam by a dermatologist is the best option, you can still perform a self-exam if you can't schedule an appointment. If you find moles that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, are larger than a pencil eraser or are evolving, multiple colors and bleeding or itching, you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist immediately and come in for a screening.
About Biloxi Dermatology Solutions
Biloxi Dermatology Solutions is staffed and operated by Southeastern Dermatology Group, PA, and Dermatology Solutions Group, LLC, which holds more than 20 medical practices in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina. These practices specialize in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology with highly skilled physicians, physician assistants, and clinicians using advanced technologies and treatments. To learn more, visit www.biloxidermsolutions.com.
About John H. Phillips, MD
John H. Phillips, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified dermatologist and has been the director of two prestigious dermatology units at the Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Phillips has conducted research on psoriasis and the treatment of fungal infections, and has held academic appointments at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has been in private practice in Mississippi since 1994.
About the American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all-practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.
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