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Summer & Winter Skin Cancer Awareness

by | Skin Care

Skin cancer in Canada is on the rise. According to the Save Your Skin Foundation, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. It is important to educate yourself on skin cancer awareness and prevention, making note that most skin cancers are preventable and early detection is key to treating this disease. Not only is the sun damaging in the summer, don’t forget that the sun can be just as damaging in winter or on cloudy days!

What are risk factors associated with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers?
  • exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV)
  • fair complexion and freckles
  • family history
  • atypical moles
  • obtained severe sunburns as a child
  • outdoor workers exposed to UV rays
  • frequency at tanning beds (according to the World Health Organization, the risk of developing skin melanoma increases by 75% when use of tanning beds starts before the age of 35)
What other types of damage can be caused by the sun?
  • wrinkles
  • skin pigmentation
  • broken blood vessels
  • redness to skin
  • saggy skin
  • loss of texture and shine
  • sunburn
  • cataracts
  • keratoses or skin growths
How do we prevent skin cancer and avoid sun damaged skin?
  • Examine the skin on your entire body once a month for any changes or irregularities; have your doctor examine your skin on an annual basis
  • Wear a broadband, good quality UVA/UVB sunscreen on a daily basis of at least 30 SPF (even on cloudy days), reapplying every 2 hours to your entire body, including face, tips of ears, back of neck and hands, and lips; if you are having nail treatments with UV light, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your hands
  • Avoid the sun during peak hours and seek out the shade during 10am – 4pm
  • Wear protective clothing – long sleeve shirt, pants and a wide rimmed sun hat
  • Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications, and ask your doctor or pharmacist for clarification
  • Wear good quality, wrap around sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning beds!
Remember these 5 tips for sun protection:
  • SLIP on a t-shirt or protective clothing
  • SLOP on SPF 30+, UVA & UVB sunscreen
  • SLAP on a broad rimmed hat
  • SLIDE on good quality sunglasses
  • SHADE seek shade between 10am – 4pm

For more information about skin cancer click here.

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I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction with Dr.Shortt

I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction with Dr.Shortt and I am BEYOND thrilled with my results. He is such an amazing surgeon – he is knowledgeable, super talented and so helpful every step of the way and the results are truly amazing – he has changed me life and given me a whole new fabulous me!! I would highly highly recommend Dr Shortt to all my friends and family! Thank you again SO much Dr Shortt.

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I was so pleased that my GP referred me to Dr Shortt

I was so pleased that my GP referred me to Dr Shortt, for knee surgery. Excellent caring Doctor, if you need plastic surgery place Dr. Shortt, at the top of your list. Great experience, great results, this Doc, is a 10!

I simply cannot find enough superlatives to express my gratitude

I simply cannot find enough superlatives to express my gratitude to Dr. Short for his wonderful work.
I have, for many years now, had numerous black moles and dark spots on my face and they seemed to be multiplying. Dr. Short removed over 40 of these and when I left his office, I have to admit, I was worried. I looked pretty rough. But there are no crevices or dips in my skin (of which I thought there’d be many) and most incredibly there is no visible scarring at all. It’s hard for me to say how much better I feel now. I have a refreshed, natural look. I am a career musician and in the public eye so, needless to say, I feel so much more confident about my appearance.
Dr. Short was honest with me from the beginning. He clearly explained options to me but never made me feel that he was up selling other services. I was fearful and had huge reservations about having anybody touch my face but everything about my experience with Dr. Short and his staff was positive and I would have absolutely no hesitation to recommend him. He has my sincere thanks.

You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results. I had a tattoo where the implant incision would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

Breast Augmentation – What an Amazing Doctor !

From the get go the professionalism and expertise I had received far surpassed those from other consultations I had done. I had gone in for a breast augmentation and am amazed from the results. You can tell the enthusiasm and passion Dr.Shortt has for his work. He had stated that afterwards my breast would look “perfect”, I figured anything would be better then what I had. Unbelieving then, here I am now absolutely thrilled with the results.

I had a tattoo where the implant insission would be, to my surprise Dr. Shortt was able to work around it as well.

The day of my surgery Dr. Shortt and his team made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you again !

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