Skin Cancer Prevention
- Applying sunscreen any day you are going to be outside is a simple step in prevention.
- Wear sun protective clothing and hats when possible.
- We recommend applying SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapplying after exposure to water and according to sunscreen instructions (at least every 2 hours). Make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen if applying to entire body.
- Make sure your sunscreen is labeled as broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB).
- Newborn babies are extra-sensitive to sun and they should be kept out of the sun when possible. Sunscreen can be applied to babies over 6 months of age.
- Never use indoor tanning beds. If you desire a tanned appearance ask us for recommendations for sunless tanning products and bronzers.
- Don’t forget to protect your eyes with UV protection.
Ingredients matter! Let our licensed aesthetician help you picks sunscreens, sun protective makeup, and sunless tanners that are
- appropriate for your skin type
Detection of Skin Cancer
Warning Signs Of Melanoma- The “ABCDE’s”
One half is unlike the other half.
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
Color varies from one area to another; multiple shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
Other types of Skin Cancer/Atypia
Squamous Cell Carcioma
A type of skin cancer that develops in the cells located at the very top of your skin’s outer layer. It can be a slow-growing or more aggressive skin cancer. The primary cause of squamous cell carcinoma is UV radiation that penetrates your skin during sun exposure.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
A type of skin cancer that develops in the basal cells, which are located in the base of your skin’s outer layer. It is most often a slow-growing skin cancer, although it can sometimes take a more aggressive route. The primary cause of basal cell carcinoma is UV radiation.
Larger than ordinary moles, and may have irregular and indistinct borders. Their color may range from light pink to very dark brown. Usually begin flat, but parts may raise above the skin surface. Atypical moles are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into melanoma
Actinic Keratosis, also called Solar Keratosis, is a rough, scaly patch, usually red, brown, pink, or flesh-colored, that develops as a result of years of sun damage. Over time, a number of these patches will develop into skin cancer.
Digital Mole Mapping:
State of The Art Canfield Digital Mole Mapping
For higher risk patients, we provide Digital Mole Mapping, which pairs total body high-definition photography of your moles with digital dermoscopy.
Mole Mapping by Total Body Photography
Total Body Photography (TBP) is one of the best ways to document the clinical appearance of your moles for future reference.
The current appearance of your moles can be compared with your baseline TBP photos during your self-examination and on follow-up visits with your physician.
Once your moles have been photographed, any atypical lesions are tracked even more carefully with a process called Digital Dermoscopy, where highly magnified images are obtained with a specialized lens.
Combining TBP with Digital Dermoscopy has the potential to catch melanoma at earlier stages and to cut down on the number of unnecessary skin biopsies.
Treatment of Skin Cancer
At The Dermatology and Laser Group our team of board certified Dermatologist have expert training in the surgical treatment of skin cancers, precancerous lesions, and abnormal moles. We also closely work with local Mohs Surgeons for the treatment of certain skin cancers of the face and neck.
Although our primary concern always remains complete cure of your skin cancer, we are also focused on giving you the best cosmetic result possible. In order to achieve the best result possible we recommend:
- Follow our After Procedure Instructions.
- Use our recommended After Procedure and Scar Creams.
- Resurface the area with Fractional Laser Resurfacing starting one month post surgery.