Robert W. Walters, MD, PhD, FAAD, Discusses Skin Safety with WDAM

Robert W. Walters, MD, PhD, FAAD, a dermatologist with Hattiesburg Clinic Laurel Dermatology, recently spoke with WDAM about the importance of skin protection, especially during the summer months.

Skin cancer diagnoses exceed 5 million annually in the United States. Dr. Walters emphasized, “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and one in three Americans will develop it in their lifetime.”

He elaborated on common signs of skin cancer, noting that it often presents as reddish or pinkish bumps, which may exhibit scaliness or crustiness. Additionally, individuals should look for dark-colored spots with irregular borders, which can be indicative of the more severe or life-threatening form of skin cancer known as melanoma. 

Walters urged caution, especially for those enjoying outdoor activities in South Mississippi. “Try to avoid those peak hours of sun exposure, between 10 and 2. And when you are out [in the sun], covering up with a hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirt and sunscreen is a good idea.”

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About Hattiesburg Clinic Laurel Dermatology:

Hattiesburg Clinic Laurel Dermatology is a full-service dermatology clinic that specializes in the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric skin disorders. Patients can see providers on a consultant basis. Providers also specialize in various surgical techniques for benign and malignant skin tumors.

Hattiesburg Clinic Laurel Dermatology also offers annual skin screenings. During the screening, the patient’s skin will be examined for suspicious lesions. If lesions are found, our providers will remove them and test for abnormalities. These screenings are a preventive service to help ensure that patients are aware of any risk of skin cancer.

About Hattiesburg Clinic:

Hattiesburg Clinic is Mississippi’s largest privately-owned, multispecialty clinic.  More than 60 years after its beginning, the clinic has grown to over 450 physicians and providers, caring for patients in more than 17 counties in South Mississippi. Along with over 2,500 professional staff employees, these physicians and providers come together for a common purpose, to serve the over 500,000 community members who live and work in South Mississippi every day.