As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, medical offices are back to being fully open for healthcare needs. While it is always important, the start of summer is a perfect reminder to practice sun safety. While most of the country was in some stay at home order, many people canceled or skipped their annual skin cancer screening.
Dr. Richard Pfau, a co-founder of Anne Arundel Dermatology, states: ‘in these unprecedented times, it is still important that people do not put off potentially lifesaving skin cancer screenings. On average, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Getting screenings regularly allows for early detection, and most skin cancers are highly treatable when detected early.’ It is important to schedule your annual skin cancer screenings as the Summer months approach, so our providers can proactively help with any skin damage or findings that may need to be addressed further.
Previously, the American Cancer Society had encouraged patients to postpone their nonessential screenings. Now, they have changed their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The American Cancer Society is now urging patients to return to seeking cancer screenings if they feel safe about visiting their health care providers.
While skin cancer can be highly treatable when detected early, some forms of skin cancer can be life-threatening – and putting off your dermatology appointment could put your life at risk. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stated in May that elective procedures are now able to be resumed. From this, our offices have taken additional steps to protect our patients (link: safety and protocols page) while they are in our offices.
Anne Arundel Dermatology puts your safety first. As medical professionals, we are trained to place our patients’ well-being and safety above all else. That commitment to your health and safety is driving every decision made during this challenging time.