July is UV Safety Month, Protect the Skin You’re In

Posted 7/10/2019

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. During July, UV Safety Month, people are reminded to protect their skin not just in the summer, but all year long.

“Though skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, thankfully most skin cancers can be prevented by taking simple, safety measures. I try to express to my patients that skin safety isn’t something to only practice for the day at the beach, but should truly be an everyday routine,” said Eau Claire plastic surgeon Dr. Clint Merrick.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Merrick says that many patients often come into his clinic seeking advice on preventing wrinkles and skin aging, and protecting the skin from UV exposure not only reduces risk of cancer but prevents premature aging caused by the sun.

“By taking simple precautions, people are able to drastically decrease their odds of developing skin cancer and can protect the skin their in from early signs of aging. Skin cancer can affect people of all ages and skin types. Using a good broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB and avoiding or taking extra precautions during peak UV exposure times of 10am-2pm are just a few simple, daily steps that can help protect your skin,” added Merrick.

Dr. Merrick is a Board Certifed Plastic Surgeon who specializes in disorders of the hand and general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. His goal is to help every patient find solutions to their health and wellness concerns. Dr. Merrick received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1998. He completed his general surgery internship, a general surgery residency and an integrated plastic surgery training program at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Merrick completed a hand surgery fellowship at Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005.

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