What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer


Hi, I’m Janet Li and I’m a
board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained mohs surgeon at U.S.
Dermatology Partners. My primary interest is skin cancer and its treatment. More
patients are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Because
of this, it’s crucial to be aware of skin cancer and how to treat it. Skin cancers
can appear as sores that don’t heal, scaly red crusted spots or pink bumps.
However, skin cancers have a root system that grow into the skin that we can’t
see with our naked eye. Many patients may be concerned that they have a spot on
their body that may be a skin cancer. As a board-certified dermatologist
symptoms that caused me concern include bleeding, irritation, something that
doesn’t heal or something that is growing if you are seeing any of these
symptoms it may be a good idea to make an appointment with a board-certified
dermatologist. When you come in for your appointment we
will do a full-body skin examination which involves scanning your body from
head-to-toe. If we see any spot that is concerning will likely do a biopsy in
order to get a diagnosis. Once the skin cancer is diagnosed there are several
treatment options one of the most common options is to excise the skin cancer
this treatment is preferred for many areas of the body especially ones that
are lower risk areas. For higher-risk areas such as sensitive areas like the face
the scalp the hands and the feet mohs surgery is a great option. Skin
cancers are most commonly found on areas of the body that are exposed to the Sun
but sometimes they occur in areas that are protected from sunlight to minimize
your risk of skin cancer try to minimize exposure to Sun, stay out of the Sun
between peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wear sunglasses white brim hats and sun
protective clothing, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad-spectrum
protection of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re using a spray sunscreen make sure you
rub it in and always stay out of tanning beds. Any additional color in the skin is
a sign of UV damage receiving a diagnosis of skin cancer can
be scary if you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer call or click
the link below to make an appointment with your board-certified dermatologist.

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