Skin Cancer


Sun Damaged Skin

Repeated exposure to sunlight, or artificial ultraviolet light from tanning beds, can cause an assortment of skin complications. Over-exposure to the sun contributes to premature aging and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Some signs of sun damaged skin include telangectasia (red or purple “spider veins”), uneven pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, thinning of the skin, loss of skin elasticity, and sores that do not heal. The damage our skin suffers from sunlight is cumulative and often gradual, so the effects appear as we age and worsen with time. The proper use of sunscreens, protective clothing, and avoidance of the sun during peak hours are key to protecting the skin. However, there are ways to cosmetically improve damage that has already affected the skin.  Chemical peels, and topical anti-aging skin regimens, as well as various cosmetic procedures such as such as BOTOX®, and injectible fillers can reverse the cumulative damage of the sun and restore a youthful appearance.

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, with more than two million new skin cancer cases reported each year.

There are 3 types of skin cancer: Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Repeated sun exposure and genetic factors play a role in each type. The most important thing to understand is that skin cancer is curable if detected early. It is advisable to get a full body skin screening at least once a year. You can examine your skin for signs of skin cancer by knowing what to look for. Some clues to remember include a sore that doesn’t heal or that bleeds easily, crusty or rough and red spots, and moles that change in size, shape or color. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possibles:
  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Color change or variation in color
  • Diameter (increase in size, or larger than a pencil eraser)

Source: NCI Visuals Online. Skin Cancer Foundation.


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