LA Times Reports "Sunscreen prevents skin cancer, yet doctors rarely recommend it"

September 4, 2013

The Los Angeles Times
By Karen Kaplan
September 4, 2013

"Has your doctor ever advised you to use sunscreen? Chances are, the answer is no.

In fact, out of 18.3 billion doctor visits over nearly 21 years, sunscreen was recommended to patients only 12.83 million times, a new study finds. That works out to only 0.07% of visits.

OK, you’re thinking, surely doctors did a better job when they were seeing patients for a skin-related disease like melanoma or actinic keratosis. And indeed, they were 12 times more likely to mention sunscreen to these patients. But that still added up to only 0.9% of doctor visits. That’s right – less than 1%.

What’s going on here? Are doctors not aware that sunscreen protects people from UV radiation, the damaging rays that are the primary cause of melanoma and other skin cancers?" Read More.

Here at Advanced Dermatology we always encourage our patients to wear sunscreen everyday, yearound.  Here are a few of our favorites: