With the sunny weather we regularly face in the United states, it is important to continue to check your skin for any new growths on a regular basis. When your skin shows a discoloration or a new bump—it is important to have it looked at.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer among Americans. But it is also highly treatable—especially when you find a doctor you can trust to treat you. At Midtown Surgical & Skin Institute, we provide personalized, patient-centered care focused on what is best for you, so you can enjoy your life.
When skin cancer is assessed and treated early, the better your chances of a full cancer-free recovery. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have them examined by a doctor.
Most often, skin cancers develop on areas exposed to the sun:
Occasionally, you may develop skin cancer in areas normally covered by clothing too.
For this reason, a full body check by a skin doctor is recommended.
If skin cancer is suspected, your doctor at Midtown Surgical will:
Remember, skin cancer can be successfully treated by professional medical intervention if addressed early. Have questions? We will be glad to answer them in your consultation with us.
Depending on the type and stage of skin cancer, recovery time can vary:
To help prevent skin cancer from occurring, it is important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that unhealthy items like processed foods and foods high in sugar can increase cancer’s growth. It is recommended to eliminate these items from your diet as much as you can. If you are looking to improve your current eating habits, the Mediterranean diet is a good place to begin for overall health.
Fair skin, numerous moles or freckles, frequent and/or severe sunburns, use of tanning beds, high exposure to sun (such as a job outdoors), living at high-altitude climates, living near the equator, personal or family history of skin cancer, weakened immune system, exposure to radiation or certain poisonous substances.
Yes, skin cancer can affect people of all skin colors, and it can be deadly if not treated early.
Using sunscreen of at least 30 SPF can lessen your risks of getting a sunburn, which is a risk factor for skin cancer. Sunscreen must be reapplied frequently to be most effective.
Skin cancer can develop at any age, but it is more common in those who are older and have weakened immune systems. But if you see a suspicious skin lesion or blemish, no matter your age, it is best to have it checked out as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, no. A base tan can’t protect you from skin cancer. Since tanning exposes your skin to harmful UV rays, it puts you at higher risk of skin cancer than if you avoid the sun. And tanning beds are just as harmful because they expose you to dangerous UV light.
Limit your exposure to the sun, especially between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need to be in the sun, apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher, and wear sunglasses, a hat, and protective clothing to cover exposed skin. Check your skin monthly for strange spots and other signs of skin cancer.
Take control of your health and your life by choosing medical providers who are caring and concerned, open and honest. Set up a consultation visit today to see firsthand the compassionate care you will receive from our skilled and friendly team.