South Shore residents should be aware of the growing number of skin cancer cases in the area and take precautions.
During a recent free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic held at Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center, there were two potential cases of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer and 15 cases of basal cell carcinoma.
The incidence of skin cancer is increasing in this area. It is evident that many people still are not taking the proper precautions against UV exposure. Sunscreen must be worn daily and tanning booths/beds should be avoided at all costs.
Melanoma can quickly spread to organs and other areas of the body. Early detection is imperative. Basal cell carcinoma is a less aggressive form of skin cancer that does not typically spread throughout the body, but can cause disfigurement if it is near the nose, eye or ear.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is often recommended in the treatment of skin cancer.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is special skin cancer surgery that is very precise and removes the least amount of tissue to rid the cancer with the highest cure rates – in particular near the eyes, nose, lips, fingers and toes. This type of surgery is used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as melanoma. It is ideal for instances of recurring cancer, large or ill-defined areas of cancer and areas where growth is rapid.
Follow these important measures in the prevention of skin cancer:
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
- Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths/beds.
- Use ample amounts of sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even if it is cloudy.
- Wear protective clothing and large framed or wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eye area.
- Have your skin checked by a dermatologist regularly.
- Note any moles or other spots on the skin that have changed. Have them checked by a physician as soon as possible.