Dr. Shani Francis is a relative newcomer to Manteca and she’s concerned about skin protection during these hot summer months.
Dr. Francis is a board-certified dermatologist and her personal interest is in skin cancer, hair loss, occupational and holistic dermatology. Sh joined Lux Dermatology, at 296 Cottage Ave., in Manteca in January. That was prior to the spread of COVID-19.
“We had to back off from offering complimentary skin cancer screening,” said Dr. Francis, who recently pointed out the current safety protocols in place at Lux Dermatology during the pandemic – everyone is required to wear face masks along with maintaining social distancing, hand cleaning and sanitizing, etc.
She’s originally from rural Davidson County in North Carolina. “I’m from a small town located in the middle of farmland,” said Dr. Francis, who is a graduate of Wake Forest Medical School.
She has an MBA from Auburn University and served as chief residency at The University of Chicago Hospitals, where she completed her internship and residency.
Dr. Francis, with her husband and children, lived in Gurnee, a village in Lake County, Ill. Her plan was to come to California.
The agricultural-rich Central Valley with the harsh summers can be especially tough on the skin. For that, Dr. Francis recommends dressing appropriately for the outdoors.
“Look at the farmer’s tan as the guidance,” she said.
Rather than short pants and sleeveless shirts, Dr. Francis recommends protective wear such as long pants, a hat, and sunglasses for skin protection. “Clothing does a good job in screening out the sun,” she said.
Applying sunscreen is the last line of defense.
“It always wears out and you need to reapply it every hour or two,” said Dr. Francis.
She added: “Skin cancer screening is a passion of mine.”
Dr. Francis, in fact, is about advancing treatment for skin cancer along with improving the quality of life for each person.
She strongly believes in providing patients with treatment options that they’re comfortable with coupled with giving comprehensive skin cancer evaluations and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Early detection is the key, she said.
In addition, she’s involved with the Skin Cancer Foundation and part of the Destination Healthy Skin tour.
For more information, call 624-7006 or log on to www.luxdermatologists.com/location/manteca-california.