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Preventing Facial Skin Cancer & Eye Sun Damage with Proper Screening and Sunglasses

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.
    WORCESTER, MA, April 26, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death. "Despite their small surface area, up to 10 percent of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids. Thus, the eyelid region is one of the most common sites for non-melanoma skin cancers. In fact, skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for a meaningful risk and can be effectively managed with early detection," explained Balaji Perumal, M.D. a Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Plastic Surgeon at D'Ambrosio Eye Care.

"At D'Ambrosio Eye Care we have initiated an even greater attentiveness and increased diligence in examining the skin of each patient's eyelids and delicate tissue around the eyes, forehead and face with the goal of identifying pre-cancerous potential skin cancers in their earliest form," shared Francis D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. "We have made facial skin cancer screening an integral part of our eye exams as we believe this is simply a part of our primary care responsibility along with helping patients maintain their eye health and vision."

The damage and risks of sun related UV exposure to your eyes and the tissue around your eyes may be greater than most people realize. When patients experience UV damage to their skin from sunburn it is obvious and they are quickly aware of the damage and thus it is easy to remember to take the necessary precautions. UV sun damage to your eyes can be more subtle, and worse, it is cumulative and can take many years to become apparent to patients. "Many patients who wish to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes and forehead with BOTOX and gel fillers are actually experiencing the harmful effects of the sun. While I am happy to help them, I always spend time counseling them on wearing proper UV protecting eyewear and sunglasses as it is obvious that they are working outdoors or have a lifestyle that exposes them to a great deal of UV and sunlight," said Dr. Perumal. "Sunglasses for UV eye protection should be considered more than a fashion accessory," stressed Dr. D'Ambrosio, Jr. "There is a great deal of evidence that shows that exposure to UV from excessive sunlight can quicken the onset of eye diseases including cataract, age related macular degeneration (AMD), pterygia-a growth of white tissue on the surface of the eye-and even photokeratitis, a type of sunburn of the cornea, "The risk of these eye diseases along with the increased risk of skin cancers on the delicate skin around the eye and eyelid mean that wearing UV protective eyewear and sunglasses shouldn't be considered optional, but a necessity," emphasized Dr. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 865 Merriam Avenue, Suite 119, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.

To learn more about D'Ambrosio Eye Care you may visit http://www.dambrosioeyecare.com, Google+, http://www.facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare or follow our eye care blog.

For additional information contact,
Judith Seppa, D'Ambrosio Eye Care, 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, Judith.Seppa@dambrosioeyecare.com, 1-800-325-3937 x 345.

We offer a full range of eye care services for adults and children, including general ophthalmology, cataract evaluation and laser cataract surgery with advanced technology lens implants, laser eye surgery including laser vision correction such as LASIK, eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration (AMD), dry eye and specialized pediatric eye care for children's eye and vision problems. D'Ambrosio Optical Centers offer complete eyewear selection and fitting for eyeglasses. Our Cataract & Laser Center is AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), Medicare and Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified. The eye surgery center is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, ambulatory surgery center that offers the latest amenities and modern technology, allowing us to perform all of our eye surgery procedures safely, efficiently and comfortably.

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.


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