5 things you need to know about skin cancer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Melanoma is considered the most lethal form of skin cancer, with the numbers of folks diagnosed rising fast. Most of us already know applying sunscreen is a must, in order to protect ourselves from the sun.  While it does help, there are some other very important things to know when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from skin cancer.

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut is fitness & health expert Lisa Lynn joins us along with Dr. Deepak Narayan, a professor of surgery and a surgical oncologist at Yale University, who specializes in the treatment of melanomas and skin cancers.

Click on the video above to watch the sit-down interview, where Lynn and Narayn discuss 5 things you need to know about skin cancer.

Dr. Narayan first touches on a few alarming statistics about skin cancer and melanoma including:

  • CDC announced that melanoma skin cancer rates (this includes children) had doubled in the US in the last 30 years.
  • Every 50 minutes 1 person dies from melanoma
  • Melanoma is the # 1 killer of woman ages twenty five to thirty five.

This subject hits close to home for Lynn, as she is in fact a melanoma survivor. She likes to be called a “thriver”.

Lynn and Narayan elaborate on these 5 points they say folks must know about skin cancer:

  • Most of the damage to our skin that set us up for skin cancer happens during the first 10 years of life.
  • Your skin cancer risk is 75% higher with every sunburn.
  • Tanning bed use increases your risk of melanoma of the skin by 75% with each use. Or when tanning bed use started before age 35? 
  • Immune suppression/ use of certain medications/drugs increase your risk of skin cancer as well as other diseases. 
  • Dark skin and good genes won’t protect you from getting skin cancer (melanoma)

Dr. Narayan has pioneered new reconstructive techniques for cancer and has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Narayan has an active research interest in melanomas and is a co-investigator in the prestigious NIH-funded SPORE (Special Program of Research Excellence) Grant. He is currently the Chief of Plastic Surgery at the West Haven Veterans Administration.

As a melanoma surgeon with extensive experience, Dr. Narayan provides patients with a unique resource of treating melanomas as well as reconstructing the defects that can occur from melanoma surgery. He is an expert in specialized procedures for melanoma treatment and has won numerous awards for research, teaching, and clinical excellence.

Dr. Narayan has been continually listed in America’s Top Surgeons since 2002 and The Best Doctors in America since 2007, as well as Castle Connolly’s, Top Doctors. He has received the following awards for his research: American Cancer Society, Basic Oncology Research Award 1995, Swebilius Cancer Research Award American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Award 1998.

Lisa Lynn has devoted 25 years of her career and practice to the fields of health and wellness personal training and coaching, specializing in metabolic weight loss and performance nutrition, as well as spiritual mentorship. She is best known for her 13 years as Martha Stewart’s personal trainer who has said, “Lisa is the only trainer that made a difference.”

For more information from Lisa Lynn, you can visit www.lynfit.com. You are also encouraged to pre-order Lisa Lynn and Dr. Narayan’s book called “Win The Fight – How to Stomp out Melanoma”.




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