Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes trips to the beach, patio dining and outdoor sporting events. These are the occasions when people are most aware that they need sun protection — when they can see and feel the sun’s rays shining down on them. But these aren’t the only times ultraviolet (UV) rays hit your skin. There are a few sneakier situations where UV radiation can reach you, and it’s just as important to protect yourself against potential skin damage at these times as it is on sunny days.
Since doctors first began treating skin cancer, their techniques for removing tumors have evolved rapidly. There have been many valuable improvements over the years, but Mohs micrographic surgery has truly stood the test of time — it’s come to be accepted as the gold standard for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
At the Miss Indiana USA competition this past October, contestants showed off their accomplishments, drive, and talents. Brittany Winchester wowed the judges by sharing her passion for affecting change and was crowned Miss Indiana USA 2017. Brittany was diagnosed with multiple basal cell carcinomas and devoted her pageant platform to skin cancer awareness, pledging her voice to a cause that has affected her personally.
Confession time: I am that rare person who really, truly loved my time in high school. Sure, there were orthodontic struggles and questionable fashion decisions, but as a whole, there’s very little I would have done differently.
Hugh Jackman is no stranger to skin cancer: the Australian actor posted a photo of himself on Instagram a few weeks ago showing the aftermath of skin cancer surgery. It wasn’t the first time he’s done so, as he seems pretty keen on raising awareness. The post marks his fifth bout of basal cell carcinoma.
So you’re sitting in the dermatologist’s waiting room, filling out the usual forms required for a doctor visit. After filling in the basics, you spot the next question and realize you’re stumped: it’s asking about your family’s medical history. Has anyone in your family had melanoma or any other form of skin cancer? Here’s why the doctor asks, and what you need to know:
No one wants to hear, “you have something on your face,” but when that “something” looks suspicious and is potentially skin cancer, it’s time to put awkwardness aside and speak up right away.