Patient Education at Southern Regional
Before you can launch an effective battle against skin cancer, it's
important to understand the basics. Here you'll find some answers
that will help you move forward with a solid grounding in the facts and
be able to more effectively fight skin cancer.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer. It is estimated that
over 1 million new cases occur annually. The annual rates of all forms
of skin cancer are increasing each year, representing a growing public
concern. It has also been estimated that nearly half of all Americans
who live to age 65 will develop skin cancer at least once.
The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change in the appearance
of the skin, such as a new growth or a sore that will not heal.
Prevention and Detection
The primary risk factor for developing melanoma is excessive exposure to
ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The best way to prevent skin
cancer is by protecting your skin from UV radiation and by avoiding it
as much as possible. Sunscreen can help protect your skin, but it cannot
completely prevent skin cancer.
Detecting skin cancer as early as possible is very important. You should
perform a skin self exam at least once every month. If you notice any
changes in your skin or your moles, consult your doctor right away.
The following risk factors increase the chance of developing melanoma skin cancer.
Moles – Having certain types of moles makes a person more likely to develop melanoma.
Age – The rate of melanomas increases with age.
Gender – Men have a higher rate of melanoma than women.
Family history of melanoma
Exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation – The main source of UV radiation is sunlight. Tanning lamps and booths are
Past History of Melanoma
In recent years, there have been many advances in treatments for skin cancer.
Southern Regional provides the most advanced treatments and state-of-the-art
surgical options. And we have plenty of resources to help you make informed