14 January 2013

Only half of all American men questioned in a recent survey admitted they had used sunscreen at any time in the last 12 months. And Dr Steven Zimet, who runs his own dermatology practice in Austin, Texas, expressed his alarm that the statistics were particular skewed towards women, as well as the fact that a large majority of men also did not know how to spot early signs of skin cancer, according to the same survey. Writing for a regular column on, Dr Zimet said: "Spotting early signs of skin cancer simply comes down to education and screening by a qualified physician. Early visits to a good dermatologist  will make you aware of your skin and empower you to look out for warning signs, and give tips on day-to-day maintenance." Among the more important tips to help men avoid damaging their skin include staying out of the sun between 10am and 4pm each day, wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF15 daily; being aware of, and looking themselves for, the early signs of skin cancer; and having an annual appointment with a dermatologist for a thorough examination.