Skin cancer

Do People of Color Need Sunscreen?

Category: Skin cancer Date: August 30, 2017

The resounding answer is YES! Even those with the darkest skin color can get sunburnt! Although it is true that people of color have higher protection against UV light due to higher levels of melanin in their skin, consider this: while Caucasian skin provides an SPF of 3 - 4, black skin only provides an…

Ultraviolet A – Silent but Sinister

Category: Skin cancer Date: April 21, 2016

These days, most conscientious people know that excessive exposure to sunlight is unhealthy and slather our kids and ourselves with sunscreen prior to spending time outdoors. What many people do not realize, however, is the importance of ensuring that the sunscreen you are using is effective against UVA as well as UVB. The SPF rating…

Kelowna Life: Reducing the development of Skin Cancer while still enjoying the sunny Okanagan

Category: Skin cancer Date: April 6, 2016

In my practice in Kelowna, the finding of skin cancer or precancerous skin lesions is more the norm than the exception, especially in people over the age of 60. Most of these people have had many sunburns as children. The most common thing they tell me is “nobody knew that we should be wearing sunscreen when I was…