We all love summer with water sports, outdoor play, and family outings. By now, most of us understand how essential it is to protect our skin from the sun. The message that still is unclear for many is how often to protect yourself and how. Putting on sunscreen in the morning and thinking you are protected all day is not always the case. Let’s look at the when, how, and where of skin cancer prevention.
Known as the gold standard in treating skin cancers, micrographic Mohs surgery is a highly effective treatment for the removal of the most common types of skin cancers. It is actually named for the medical student who perfected it back in the 1930s, but has since been modified to today’s standards. If your dermatologist has recommended this procedure to treat your skin cancer, here is what to expect with Mohs surgery.
We seem to overlook any concern about skin cancer during the winter. It is “front and center” during the hot summer months, but everyone should be wary of the sun, and other factors, even during wintertime. We still are outside enjoying winter sports, playing with our kids, and social distancing as best we can. Regardless of the time of year, let’s learn how family and personal history affects your skin cancer risk.
There was a time when moles were known as “beauty marks.” Honestly. When they are on your face, they are pretty distinctive, but moles can develop anywhere on your body. If you are born with one or several, when they appear, and what they look like are all important factors. So exactly when should you worry about a mole?
Ask anyone how to prevent skin cancer and the the first answer will (almost) always be the same. Young and old will say using sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin cancer, though there is much more to it than just that.