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Too much exposure to sunlight can be harmful to your skin. Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.
Sun Exposure Linked to Cancer
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps.
- Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.
Everyone's skin can be affected by UV rays. People with fair skin run a higher risk of sunburns. Aside from skin tone, factors that may increase your risk for sun damage and skin cancer include:
- Previously treated for cancer
- Family history of skin cancer
- Several moles
- Typically burn before tanning
- Blond, red or light brown hair
If you detect unusual moles, spots or changes in your skin, or if your skin easily bleeds, make an appointment with our practice. Changes in your skin may be a sign of skin cancer. With early detection from your dermatologist, skin cancers have a high cure rate and response to treatment. Additionally, if you want to reduce signs of aged skin, seek the advice of your dermatologist for a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatment options.
If you are dealing with skin cancer find out the different skin cancer treatment options in Sandy Springs, GA.
Finding out that you have skin cancer can be rather shocking. We know that you will have a lot of questions along the way. The most important thing is that our Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists provide you with the most immediate and effective treatment. The type of treatment or treatments you receive will depend on several factors including:
- The type of skin cancer
- The stage of the cancer
- The location, size and depth of the tumor
- Your age and your overall health
During your consultation, our skin doctors will go through your medical history and based on the factors above will discuss which treatments are right for you. Here are some of the most common types of skin cancer treatments,
This is a treatment option for removing basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and some early melanomas. The goal is to remove thin layers of the tumor until there are no more cancer cells. This is a conservative method that preserves as much healthy tissue as possible, making it an ideal option for treating cancer in more delicate areas such as the face, feet, genitals, ears and scalp. Mohs is also a good option for aggressive and fast-growing skin cancers.
This simple surgery can be used on most types of skin cancers including squamous cells carcinomas, melanomas and basal cell carcinomas. A doctor will use a scalpel to remove the tumor and then stitch up and bandage the area after the tumor is removed.
Also referred to as curettage and electrodesiccation, this procedure is often used to remove small squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. The lesion is scrapped and then burned with a special needle to kill any remaining cancer cells and to stop the bleeding.
For cancerous tumors that are hard to treat with surgery, radiation therapy may be the best option. Radiation therapy uses x-ray technology to destroy the tumor and can also be used in more aggressive cases of squamous cell carcinomas.
During chemo, medication is administered directly into the vein or taken orally to reach cancer cells that have spread throughout the body. When it comes to skin cancer, chemotherapy is usually topical and used to treat all forms of skin cancer.
Do you want a second opinion? Dealing with a suspicious growth that you need checked out? Whatever the case might be, our dermatological team here at Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA, can help or answer any questions about skin cancer treatments.