Special Report: Skin Saver
"She went from being perfectly healthy to the next day having a physician essentially give her a death sentence."
Cheryl Clarkson lost her only sister to melanoma. Now she's dedicating her life to help save others.
She started 14 SkinHealth Centers throughout Massachusetts with products designed to protect you from the sun.
"Okay, you put your chin right there."
This special camera exposes hidden sun damage for Jill Miller from Dover.
The darker areas show where Jill has been exposed to too much radiation...a build-up over 40 years.
"It gets me scared that I'm a candidate for skin cancer."
Jill Miller, Dover
Medical skin care technicians can't undo all of the sun damage, but they can reverse some of it.
Exposed skin can be exfoliated with micro-dermabrasion or chemical peels.
"You are getting rid of dead cells which eventually could lead to cancer."
Then, creams with antioxidants are used to help reverse some of the photo damage.
The pools are closed and summer may be over...but don't stop using sunscreen. UVB rays are the tanning rays. But UVA rays are just as strong in the winter as they are in the summer.
"Those rays go through glass. They go through light clothing."
The SPF factor in sunscreen only protects you from UVB rays.
To stop the dangers of UVA rays you need broad spectrum protection one of the most popular ingredients at least 7% of zinc oxide.
"It's a time that I develop some sort of regime to protect myself."
Jill Miller, Dover
"I think my sister would be very happy and proud to know that we are helping to spread the word."
A lifesaving lesson in sun safety...Cheryl plans to teach one client at a time.
In hopes of finding a cure, Cheryl donates portions of her company's profits to melanoma research.
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