Skin cancer is the most ubiquitous form of human cancer that affects more than one million Americans every year. About one in five Americans are likely to develop skin cancer at some point during their lives. It is important to get routine checkups by your dermatologist because people that have had skin cancer once are more likely to develop it again. Luckily, most skin cancers are easy to identify and treat when they are caught early. However, the longer you wait, the more dangerous the cancer becomes. There are three main categories of skin cancers that you should know about: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Summer is fast approaching and that means hot, sunny days ahead, which could spell trouble for your skin. Many people will be spending a lot of time outdoors near the beach, in the pool, or sunbathing on the patio. All of these activities are what make summer so great, but it’s important to play it safe and take care of your skin while you do so. Extended stays outdoors in the Sun could cause problems for your skin later in life. If you live in a dry climate during the summer, your skin may become too dry to the point of cracking. However, it’s possible to avoid these issues if you follow some important skin care steps during the hot months.
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in the basal cells of the skin. This type of skin cancer doesn’t usually spread to other areas of the body because it’s contained in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer and is easily treatable if caught early on. Depending on the extent of the cancer, a patient may need to undergo surgery to eradicate it. Surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma can leave a noticeable scar on the face or other parts of the body. To reduce post-operative scarring, patients are urged to use medical-grade silicone gel.
Cancer removal is part of a broad spectrum of surgical procedures designed to excise cancerous tissue that can develop in any part of the body. The most common forms of cancer are lung cancer and skin cancer. Some types of cancer may be inoperable. Inoperable cancer typically occurs when cancer has metastasized (spread) to the point where surgical removal would be dangerous to the patient. Other types of cancer, like skin cancer, can be easily operated on if detected early. As with any surgical procedure, cancer removal will likely leave a noticeable scar. To help manage your post-operative scars, it’s best to use only clinically-proven products recommended by physicians.
Sunlight is required to sustain life. Without it, our planet would be an icy wasteland barren of plants, animals, and humans. For us, we know that sunlight is a good source of vitamin D which can help maintain healthy skin and bones. But there is no clear standard for how much sunlight is a sufficient amount. Getting too much sunlight can pose risks such as skin cancer and sunburn. If you have scars following surgery or injury, UV radiation can cause hyperpigmentation in the scar tissue. On the other hand, not enough sunlight can lead to a number of biological impairments and can even contribute to depression.
Mohs surgery is a modern surgery technique for the precise removal and treatment of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is a safe and effective method for removing the most common types of skin cancer including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Compared to older, standard surgeries (local excisions) that involve the removal of cancerous tissue in addition to a surrounding portion of healthy skin, Mohs surgery is more precise and less invasive. Depending on how deep your skin cancer runs, Mohs surgery may require the removal of several layers of skin until the cancer is fully excised. For some patients, this can result in the formation of hypertrophic or keloid scars. Luckily, with proper wound maintenance and the help of silicone gel products, you can significantly reduce scarring after your Mohs surgery.
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts following the diagnosis of breast cancer. A partial or total mastectomy may be required depending on cancer aggressiveness, breast size, and a number of other factors. Depending on the extent of the procedure, a mastectomy can leave multiple scars of up to 8 inches in length or longer.