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Skin Care for Athletes

If you’re reading this Web site, you probably spend tons of time outdoors, chasing athletic pursuits. From jogging in the summer to snow skiing in the winter, those pursuits require you to soak up the sun’s rays, which is why most athletes face an increased risk of skin cancer.

So when was the last time you saw a dermatologist? According to a new study out of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, most melanomas would go undetected if it weren’t for a dermatologist’s total body skin examination. The rate at which trained doctors can identify cancerous spots on your skin is more than double the rate of your untrained eye.

“Screening detects melanoma at an earlier stage, when it's an inconvenience for the patient and not a tragedy,” says study author Dr. Jonathan Kantor, M.D., a dermatologist in Jacksonville, FL. To find a local dermatologist, go to the American Academy of Dermatology’s website at www.aad.org.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Health, Skiing