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Protecting the Skin you're in

Bingham Memorial Hospital is proud to recommend our board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Adam Wray. Dr. Wray practices general dermatology with an emphasis on skin cancer, surgery and phototherapy.

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ your body has?

That’s why regular skin screenings are so important to your overall health. Many of us ignore our skin and give it attention when we have a cut or dry skin. A big part of Dr. Wray’s practice is the free skin screenings that he offers for children and adults. These screenings are an excellent opportunity to address any skin concern. Individuals will receive an evaluation of their condition from Dr. Wray. He will examine skin abnormalities and identify whether they are serious and require further attention. Common skin abnormalities can include moles or birthmarks that have changed in color or size, or that have begun growing hair.

The biggest threat to our skin is still damage from the sun. Here are some things to consider to help you enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin.

Limit your exposure to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. Plan your activities in the early morning or late afternoon.

Clouds scatter sunlight. Therefore, you can receive a "surprise" sunburn even on a cloudy day.

Some drugs and cosmetics may increase your chance of getting a sunburn. These "photosensitivity reactions" can also occur due to birth control pills. Your physician or pharmacist can advise you about medications that can cause problems with the sun.

Wear a hat and long sleeved shirt whenever possible in the sun. Tightly woven fabrics offer better protection than loosely woven ones.

Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to all exposed body areas at least 1 hour before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours during exposure.

Always reapply sunscreen after swimming or heavy perspiration.

Tanning booths add further damage to that received from natural sunlight. While a tan does provide some protection against sunburn, skin damage can continue to occur even with a good tan.

Free skin screenings are offered regularly at the Adam D. Wray Dermatology Center at both his Blackfoot and Pocatello locations. We encourage you to take advantage of these important, free opportunities to care for your skin.

To find out the dates of the next free screenings or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wray, call 233- 4455 or 785- 2930.


Louis Kraml, CEO Bingham Memorial Hospital