038: Why You Should Get An Annual Skin Cancer Check (Even If You Don't Go In The Sun) w/ Dr. Keira Barr

If you’re like me, you may have been a little neglectful when it comes to taking measures to prevent skin cancer. The truth is, you’re never too young to get checked for by a dermatologist. With skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the US, it’s not something we can ignore.

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My guest today, Dr. Keira Barr, is a global speaker, best selling author, and educator. She’s a dual-board certified dermatologist with over 20 years practicing medicine. Dr. Barr has developed a process and path for fortifying your skin as the chief wellness officer at Resilient Health Institute. She’s working to redefine the delivery of skin care and ending the cycle of prescription products and fad trends.

You may feel that you know what skin cancer is but, in reality, it’s a very nuanced and varied disease. There are numerous types of skin cancers that take many forms. Dr. Barr discusses the importance of regularly checking your skin for signs of malignancy and scheduling yearly screenings.

There are many steps you can take to fortify yourself against skin cancer. Using the appropriate amount of sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, eating properly, and getting enough quality sleep will help reduce the risk of certain skin cancers. After this interview, I’m going to make an appointment with my dermatologist and I encourage you to do so, too.

Do you take steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer? Tell me about it in the comments!


In this episode:

  • 5 tips to start cleaning up your skincare routine (and buying cleaner products)
  • Characteristics of common types of skin cancer
  • Red flags to look for when examining your skin
  • How certain light therapies can increase your risk of skin cancer
  • Why you probably aren’t using sunscreen properly
  • The best ways you can protect your skin from harmful sun rays



“Bottom line is skin cancer affects everybody. We have children who are diagnosed with melanoma, so it’s never too early to get your skin checked and it's also never too late.” [2:03]

“There’s a much higher risk of developing skin cancer and melanoma from a tanning booth than from your dermatologist.” [12:29]

“Treating yourself well, living well, that is going to be your best line of defense from not only skin cancer, but any chronic disease across the board.” [17:36]



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“Bottom line is skin cancer affects everybody. We have children who are diagnosed with melanoma, so it’s never too early to get your skin checked and it's also never too late.”

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS is an integrative Clinical Nutritionist and the founder of Skinterrupt. She works with women who are fed up with chronic gut and skin rash issues discover the root causes and create a plan to get them back to a fuller, richer life.

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