Skin Cancer Resources
Most skin cancers are preventable
Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers in the United States. Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, skin cancer – particularly melanoma, the deadliest form – continues to take the lives of too many loved ones. Many of the more than 5 million skin cancer cases diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting the skin from extended sun exposure. People with light skin who burn easily face the greatest risk; however, skin cancer affects people of all races, skin colors, and ages. Early detection is the key to effective treatment and, in some cases, may be the difference between life and death.
Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer
“If you’re spending time in the sun, help protect your skin from harmful solar radiation by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30,” says John Griffin, M.D., F.A.A.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people of color use a broad-spectrum sunscreen having an SPF of at least 30 and look for ingredients that block harmful ultraviolet rays, such as zinc oxide. “When you re-enter the pool or ocean, always reapply your sunscreen,” says Dr. Likhari.
"Not any longer," says dermatologist Isabella Gyening , M.D., F.A.A.D. "In the past, skin cancer was most commonly associated with those 50 or older, but there has been a scary shift to increasingly younger patients, including some in their 20s."
“Mohs surgery differs from other techniques in that cancerous cells are removed in layers and examined during surgery rather than afterward,” Dr. Mir explains. “As the surgery gradually proceeds, each layer is removed and examined microscopically until the skin cancer is completely excised.”