Dr. Paul Lubitz Explains Why Patient Education Is Critical

            The popularity of outdoor activities in the Bow Valley area has led to an increased occurrence of significant sun damage, precancerous growths and skin cancer in the local population.  Seeing this as a potential crisis, dermatologist Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB has made it his goal to reduce those numbers.

           How can this be done?  By keeping everyone inside all the time?  Hardly.  Dr. Paul Lubitz of the Bow Valley Dermatology Clinic in Canmore, AB sees patient education as the key to reducing the risks of developing skin cancer and skin damage caused by the sun.

            Because of these concerns, Dr. Lubtiz has chosen to structure his practice in Canmore, AB in a way that is different from the norm.  Dr. Paul Lubitz makes a concerted effort to focus on patient education with every person who walks through his door.  Dr. Lubitz also places a priority on seeing a low volume of patients because it gives him time to sufficiently examine and educate each and every person.

            Just what does patient education achieve?  Dr. Paul Lubitz answers:  “Patient education and increased awareness help patients take a more active role in their health.  This active role by patients is key to lessoning the instances of skin cancer in the Canmore, AB area and to reducing the severity of several other dermatologic diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.”

         According to Dr. Lubitz, here are some ways residents can play it safe in the sun:

  • Apply and reapply sunscreen.  Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB elaborates, “Wearing appropriate sunscreen when outdoors is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer…other than staying out of the sun completely, of course.  At Bow Valley Dermatology, we stress the importance of reapplying sunscreen every four hours when outside for prolonged periods of time and remind everyone to use it even on hazy and overcast days.”
  • Cover up.  Long-sleeve shirts, and long pants can help guard against the damaging effects of the sun when prolonged sun exposure is inevitable.  Dr. Lubitz adds, “Make use of comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you cannot see through when held up to a light.  These fabrics help to disperse the intense rays of the sun. Another good idea is to wear clothing made from fabrics actually designed to protect the skin from the dangerous effects of sun exposure. Several clothing, travel and outdoor activity companies produce these shirts, pants and hats with an SPF of at least 50.”
  • Wear a hat.  “At Bow Valley Dermatology, we suggest Canmore, AB area residents wear wide-brimmed hats that shade face, ears, and neck,” says Dr. Paul Lubitz.  “If you wear a baseball cap, remember to use a high SPF sunscreen to protect the sides of your face, your ears and neck that are not protected with this type of hat.”

          Other ways to mitigate sun damage include wearing sunglasses, staying in the shade when possible, and avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Dr. Lubitz also encourages avoiding the use of tanning beds.  “Sources of UV light such as tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous and can damage skin in more ways than regular solar rays. There is good scientific evidence that clearly shows that the usage of tanning beds directly increases the risk of developing skin cancer. In this regard, there is a growing trend of governments in Canada and elsewhere to introduce legislation forbidding tanning beds to persons under the age 16 years old because of the known cancer risks. This is definitely a step in the right direction.”

            “Preventative maintenance is common knowledge as it applies to you car and can save a whole lot of hassle down the road,” says Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB.  “Unfortunately, preventative maintenance is less common as it applies to the effects of sun exposure on your skin but just as critical as it is for your car.  The simple steps outlined above can have a dramatic effect on the health of your skin and your life.  At Bow Valley Dermatology, we want residents to take charge of their own health rather than waiting for problems to occur and we strive to educate them accordingly.  We want them to act rather than react.”

            Through his on-going efforts at Bow Valley Dermatology, Dr. Paul Lubitz will continue to educate the residents of Canmore and the Bow Valley and hopefully will have a positive effect on reducing the incidence of skin cancer in the area.

Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB Advocates Education and Prevention

Since 2010, Dr. Paul Lubitz has provided dermatology medicine to Canmore AB, and the Bow Valley area residents through his Bow Valley Dermatology Clinic. The focus of Bow Valley Dermatology is on general medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology but Dr. Lubitz does have a particular clinical interest in pre-skin cancer and skin cancer diagnosis, surveillance, and treatment as well as acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB and the staff at Bow Valley Dermatology welcome the opportunity to see all area patients with medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology conditions or concerns. Dr. Lubitz focuses on all areas of dermatology medicine – from surgical to cosmetic – and does not limit the type of dermatological conditions or patients he will see. So whether you’re a young child with acne, an older adult with psoriasis, or anything in between, Dr. Paul Lubitz will be happy to serve you at his Bow Valley Dermatology Clinic in Canmore, AB.

For those with cosmetic surgery or esthetic dermatology concerns, Dr. Paul Lubitz of Canmore, AB has over 15 years of experience offering a wide variety of non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He currently offers several minimally and non – invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, sclerotherapy, scar revision and chemical peeling at Bow Valley Dermatology. He will likely increase his offerings to include several laser procedures for blood vessels, pigmentation and skin rejuvenation in the near future. Though some surgical procedures are more time consuming than others, Dr. Lubitz and his staff put a premium on efficient service for all their patients. New referrals of a non urgent nature are in most cases seen in less than one month from the time the referral is received, with urgent problems seen in one to two weeks. While medical and surgical dermatology are their medical priority, Dr. Lubitz welcomes patients with cosmetic skin needs as well.

Dr. Paul Lubitz’s interest in skin cancer diagnosis and prevention is particularly well – suited to the Bow Valley and Canmore, AB area. The popularity of outdoor sports and activities coupled with the increased UV penetration associated with the higher elevation of the Bow Valley has caused the occurrence of skin cancer in the region to be particularly high. Dr. Lubitz puts a strong emphasis on educating his patients so that they can take a more active role in the prevention of harmful sun exposure. Bow Valley Dermatology works hard to keep daily patient volume low so that Dr. Lubitz can spend the maximum amount of time with each client. This time that a low volume clinic provides gives Dr. Lubitz the opportunity to educate as well as treat his patients. With this strategy – low volume and a premium on patient education and prevention – Dr. Lubitz hopes to be a contributing factor in the battle against skin cancer and skin damage in the Bow Valley area.

Given the scarcity of board-certified dermatologists in the Bow Valley/Canmore area, Dr. Paul Lubitz and Bow Valley Dermatology are a welcome addition to – and resource for – the community. Dr. Lubitz encourages everyone with a medical, surgical or cosmetic skin concern to contact his office with questions or to set up and appointment.