Fort Washington dermatologist provides a range of effective skin cancer treatments
If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, the information you find online can be overwhelming. At the Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute in Fort Washington, we can help you understand more about your skin cancer diagnosis and the available treatments.
Skin cancer is one of the top diagnosed cancers in the United States, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Skin cancer can be very dangerous, even deadly, which is why understanding proper methods of prevention are very important.
Skin cancer develops from exposure to UV rays, like those you get from the sun and tanning beds. Any time you lay outside trying to get that golden tan, you are increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Here are some of the best methods of preventing skin cancer:
- Always wear sunscreen. Use one with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to reapply sunscreen if you are staying outside for extended periods of time and consider opting for one that is water-resistant and SPF 30 or higher.
- The proper way to apply sunscreen is to use about two tablespoons on your entire body 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. It should be reapplied every two to three hours or after being in the water.
- Avoid sun exposure at peak times when the sun’s rays are strongest. It’s best to seek the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Skip the tanning beds.
- Wear protective clothing if you will be working outdoors for extended periods of time. You can purchase UPF clothing online or in many department stores.
- Perform monthly self-skin examinations and notify your dermatologist of any suspicious changes.
- Schedule a skin cancer screening with a dermatologist every year.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, treatments vary depending on the type and stage. For most skin cancers, treatment involves removing the cancerous cells. This is either done by a simple excision or by Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Mohs is a highly successful and conservative surgical procedure that is done in several steps. The surgeon will remove ultrathin layers of cancerous tissue one at a time and examine them under a microscope until all of the cancer has been removed.
If you are in Fort Washington, and you would like more information on skin cancer prevention or treatment, call us today to set up an appointment.