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Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention is Dr. Steppie's Heartfelt Mission

May 28, 2014


May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an annual four-week observance initiated by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help spread the word about the risk factors of this potentially devastating condition and educate Americans on ways to prevent it. But for Dr. Michael Steppie, of Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology, every month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

One of the elite few dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons nationwide who are members of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Amonette Circle, Dr. Steppie firmly believes that it’s his life’s purpose and mission to help spread awareness among the Central Florida community of the dangers that our sun-soaking lifestyles pose to our skin’s and our bodies’ health. His heartfelt drive mirrors that of Associates in Dermatology, which also has worked tirelessly to educate patients about skin cancer risks and preventative measures over the past 25 years.

Our area’s near-year-round warm, sunny climate means many days spent outdoors on the water, on the golf course or at parks – and that means a high level of exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to skin cancer. It also means that the rates of new skin cancer diagnoses are statistically far higher here in Florida than they are in other states.

But many Americans fail to take the risk seriously. Despite the fact that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer is the United States, topping the combined instances of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer, half of all adults nationwide report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months. Doctors see the results firsthand with treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers alone increasing by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006. The number of new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, rises each year, as well. In 2014, experts expect nearly 140,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed. And by 2015, it is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.

That’s why Dr. Steppie and his staff of top-notch skincare experts routinely hold free skin cancer screenings at each of Associates in Dermatology’s 12 Central Florida locations. Dr. Steppie also is a regular contributor to print, television and online media with articles and campaigns aimed at educating the public about the rates and risks of skin cancer, and encouraging them to adopt the simple practices that will help protect them. Associates in Dermatology is sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature throughout the summer, and you may have seen Dr. Steppie’s skin cancer awareness campaign in May issues of The Orlando Sentinel and A Better You, a health insert magazine available at Whole Foods

You might also have seen his Free Skin Cancer Screening campaign advertised throughout Central FL with informative editorials on skin cancer in: Orange AppealSouth West Orlando BulletinHunter’s Creek MagazineCelebration NewsReflections Magazine (for Solavita Residents), Poinciana PioneerOsceola News GazetteOsceola HealthThe Apopka ChiefThe Apopka Planter and Better Living.

Just last month, Dr. Steppie also penned an article about the rise in skin cancer occurrences among America’s Hispanic population.

These are just a few examples of Dr. Steppie’s tireless efforts to help Central Florida residents live long, healthy, skin cancer-free lives. To schedule your own skin cancer screening or treatment, call 800-827-SKIN (7546) or use our convenient online scheduling form.

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