LA Times Reports "Sunscreen prevents skin cancer, yet doctors rarely recommend it"
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%.
Here at Advanced Dermatology we always encourage our patients to wear sunscreen everyday, yearound. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Skinfo Pure Protection Spray
- SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
- Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 30
- EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41