If you (or someone you know) has been diagnosed with two or more nonmelanoma skin cancers, you are part of a special group. You are also, unfortunately, at much higher risk of developing further skin cancers. Here’s why — and what you can do about it.
Our authors’ recent research shows that melanoma in situ, the earliest form of the disease, is on the rise, especially among young men. Here’s why this is bad news and good news, and what everyone (not just the men) needs to know to stay ahead of it.
Melanoma took many things from Todd and Linda Nagel, but it never took away their hope. Throughout Todd’s five-year battle, they remained positive and embraced every moment together even more preciously.
Dermatologists have been seeing patients with tattoos for decades, and they have never found an increased prevalence of skin cancer in those individuals. The same is true for patients who have already had melanoma or another form of skin cancer — the inks used in tattoos have not been shown to increase their risk of […]
Millions of Americans are affected by skin cancer, but millions more are battling skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and melasma. Although bothersome, these conditions are usually harmless and manageable through ongoing treatment. In dealing with my own bout of melasma, I got to thinking — can these skin problems make it harder to spot a potential skin cancer?
“My doctor called me herself, not the office, so I knew something was fishy. She said the biopsy came back and it wasn’t basal cell, it wasn’t squamous cell and it wasn’t melanoma. So I asked, ‘What’s left on the list?’” It was Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), she told him, a rare and dangerous form of skin cancer.
While physicians commonly use Mohs surgery or excisional surgery to remove skin cancer, additional steps may be required to fully reconstruct the surgical site. One way physicians close a surgical area is by using surrounding tissue, also called flap surgery.