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What’s The Scoop On Skin Cancer?

skin cancerEverybody loves the sun but summer is quickly becoming a fond memory. Fall and winter bring their own outdoor activities – so, no matter the season, your skin finds itself exposed to the harmful rays of the sun… and those damaging rays are aging your skin, causing wrinkles, age spots and sometimes melanomaskin cancer.

Did You Know That… 

  • There are three types of skin cancer:
    • Basal cell – a slow growing cancer which is unlikely to spread to distant areas of the body or cause death. It appears as a painless, sometimes shiny raised area of the skin
    • Squamous cell – more likely to spread. It appears as a hard lump with a scaly top
    • Melanoma – the most aggressive. Moles that have changed in size, color or shape or are itchy or bleed are some of the signs of melanoma.
  • The most common form of cancer is skin cancer. Over one million people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with skin cancer. Sadly, many more go undiagnosed.
  • People with many moles have a higher risk of melanoma. It is very important to have your moles checked yearly to see if they change size, shape or color.
  • Skin cancer is serious but most skin cancers, if found early, are treatable with surgery.
  • Sunscreen does not prevent skin cancer. Sunscreen helps block the rays than lead to skin cancer. But sun damage is cumulative.That means that every sunburn you had as a child contributes to your susceptibility to skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays – both are damaging to your skin. UVA rays penetrate the epidermis affecting the dermis beneath causing your skin to age quickly. UVB rays burn the epidermis. Both can lead to cancerous skin lesions.

It is critical as you age, to have your skin checked – all of it – at least once a year for any changes or abnormalities and to have any pre-cancerous lesions treated.

At Allure Skin & Laser we care about your skin. We treat the visible signs of aging skin and will discuss any concerns you may have. Call to book an appointment, today: 630-818-7546.

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