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The ABCs of Sun Protection: Understanding the Importance of Sunscreen and Detecting Early Signs of Skin Cancer

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There's a hidden danger that all of us face daily, often without thinking twice about it: sun exposure. While sunlight is crucial for vitamin D production and our overall well-being, its ultraviolet (UV) rays can also harm our skin. That's why understanding sun protection, recognizing the importance of sunscreen, detecting signs of skin cancer, and knowing when to consult with healthcare professionals at the Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic (IMPC) are key to maintaining skin health.

The Importance of Sunscreen

In the fight against the damaging effects of UV rays, sunscreen is a pivotal tool. Acting as a barrier, it obstructs these harmful rays, thus minimizing the chance of damage to your skin. A multitude of sunscreens exists on the market, including broad-spectrum variants that provide coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. Their potency is indicated by Sun Protection Factor (SPF) levels. Regular application of a suitably rated SPF sunscreen, complemented with other protective gear like hats and UV-resistant clothing, is a comprehensive strategy to decrease the probability of skin harm and the potential development of skin cancer.

  • Prevents sunburn
  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer
  • Slows down skin aging and wrinkles
  • Maintains an even skin tone and prevents discoloration
  • Guards against the development of sunspots and hyperpigmentation
  • Essential for all skin types and tones
  • Acts as a barrier against photoaging
  • Supports overall skin health and preservation

Detecting Skin Cancer

The early detection of skin cancer plays a vital role in enhancing the prospects of successful treatment and better outcomes. This requires a routine of regular self-examinations where you scrutinize your skin for any unusual occurrences. Keep an eye out for new growths, alterations in existing moles, patches of skin that discolor, or any other signs that deviate from normal. Any change in the size, shape, color, or texture of a mole, or a sore that doesn't heal, should be noted. If you come across any such changes or irregularities during your self-checks, it's crucial to promptly arrange a visit to a healthcare professional for a thorough examination.  

When to Visit IM&PC

At the crossroads of primary healthcare and expert dermatological advice, the Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic (IMPC) offers indispensable services in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various skin irregularities, including those that could be symptoms of skin cancer. If you observe any concerning changes in your skin, scheduling an appointment with a healthcare provider at IMPC should be your immediate step. The clinic boasts a team of adept professionals who are dually trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, thus offering comprehensive care for all age groups.


The importance of sun protection and sunscreen usage cannot be overstated when it comes to protecting your skin from UV damage and skin cancer. Regular self-checks of your skin for signs of skin cancer are equally important. Should you notice any skin irregularities, always remember that IMPC is here to provide expert care and advice. For information on skin cancer detection and treatment or to book an appointment, visit our website.

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  • We love IMPC!! They are always very helpful with anything we have with us or our children. If they can't get us in for an appointment you can go to the urgent care and be seen just as well! Highly recommend!

    - Emily Kemp

  • I've been seeing Jennifer Barnes for years and she is an excellent nurse practioner. She is extremely committed and caring. I just visited this facility after discovering Jenny had joined this practice. That being said this is undoubtedly the best office ever! Everyone is friendly and courteous. The lab tech drew my blood on the first stick and that says alot in my case. The facility is large and very clean with spacious waiting areas. I'm so thankful Jenny has relocated her practice here

    - P K C

  • Great place with great providers. Highest quality care you can get. If they ever figure out how to treat a cough, they’ll get 5 stars.

    - Daffydil Girl

  • We had the BEST experience at IMPC this afternoon. The nurses and staff were so kind and got us in quickly. Katie went above and beyond to love and take good care of my sweet baby!

    - Catherine Fitzgerald

  • My experience at IM&PC was incredible. I was treated with such kindness and respect from the moment I stepped into the clinic. Dr. Scott and his staff patiently listened and counseled with me about the best plan of treatment. I am thrilled to continue my medical relationship with IM&PC New Albany!

    - Lauren Heath

  • We love our Impc Family!

    Best with my children, Always uplifting and they truly care!!

  • Top of the line place!! From the front desk, to the doctors and nurse practitioners, back of the house lab techs. So very professional!!! I will never ho anywhere else!!!.

  • The doctors and nurses at the clinic always do a wonderful job. They provide great care and attention to patients needs. I have never felt rushed at appointments when talking with my doctors; all of my questions are answered. I am so thankful for their care and dedication to their patients.

  • Great atmosphere! All staff members were cordial, informative and eager to give you the professional care for this visit!! Thanks, IMPA

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