May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and I am reminded that we all need a skin check at least once per year, especially as we age. With many of us spending more time outdoors in the warmer months, there may be times you “forget” your sunscreen and hat. OUCH! The resulting sunburn is a reminder to be proactive in your preventive skincare.
Many of my clients see me as a first defense to skin problems. It is out of my scope to diagnose skin cancer, etc. But with regular treatments I can often see changes and alert you to see a doctor as soon as possible. I have had many clients who have returned so thankful. I have often heard, “Wow, I’m so glad you encouraged me to see my dermatologist! They removed that spot you told me about and it was cancer.” I always highly encourage you to follow through with your doctor’s recommendations. Skin Cancers, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell can be easily removed, and there is no further treatment required.
What are the ABCDEs of Skin Cancer
I also think it’s so important for us all to know A.B.C.D.E for identifying possible skin cancer on our own skin, and the skin of those we love:
- “A” is for “asymmetry”: One half of a spot is unlike the other half.
- “B” is for “border irregularity”: Borders can change and become irregular.
- “C” is for “color”: Changes in color, such as from brown to black.
- “D” is for “diameter”: If a spot starts getting larger in size.
- And “E” is for “evolving”: Keep checking for any other changes such as a spot becoming more crusty or flaky, or just looking different than it has in the past.
How to treat skin after skin cancer removal
Once you’ve had a lesion removed, I have the perfect healing serum to apply. NeoGenesis Recovery! This incredible serum reduces inflammation, helps with scar repair, and so much more! The clients who have invested in this product come out with beautiful results. What are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment with your dermatologist and come to see me too!