Associates In Dermatology
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Associates in Dermatology proudly continues to deliver an unrivaled level of care to patients across numerous Central Florida communities.
An Heartfelt Mission to Deliver Stellar Clinical and Cosmetic Care
His president and medical director, Dr. Michael Steppie, a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon, is one of the few elite members of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Amonette Circle and his expert opinions have been quoted in numerous publications including Men’s Health Magazine.
His role as an ardent supporter of the Central Florida community goes far beyond the routine practice of dermatology. “I feel my most important goal is to help educate the public about the risks of skin cancer and encouraging them to adopt simple practices to help protect their skin!” says Dr. Steppie.
As a continuing sponsor of the Daily UV Index featured on Fox 35 for the eighth consecutive year, Associates in Dermatology has become Central Florida’s most trusted source for quality information about sun exposure. Michael Steppie, MD continues by saying: The latest skin cancer foundation statistics show that 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. However, our year-round sunny climate means local residents spend more time than normal enjoying the outdoors as well as higher level of exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Unfortunately, it also might explain why Florida has a higher rate of skin cancer among its residents than any other state!
Dr. Steppie, wants to remind us that anyone can be at risk for developing skin cancer. Those with darker skin tones often believe they are at a lesser risk for cancer, nonetheless, it is far from the truth… For instance, studies show that over the last twenty years, the incidence rate of melanoma among Hispanics has risen nearly 20%.
Make sun protection as part of your daily ritual and seek shade, avoid the sun as much as possible when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10am and 4pm! Says Dr. Steppie, then he continues, using the famous axiom from Benjamin Franklin: “one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!
Dr. Steppie was actually a “pioneer” when he envisioned the recent “green” sunscreen movement, as you probably know, Hawaii has banned the use of sunscreens using chemical sun filters and soon will the Florida Keys. His sunscreen formulas, which are part of Dr. Steppie’s state-of-the-art skincare regimen -Ethereal Beauty-, only use physical sunscreens that are environmentally safe but are also enriched with antioxidants and emollients for optimal protection.
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