What is the best way to protect myself from cancer?
The best protection for skin cancer is avoiding the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Even if you tan easily, exposure to the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer.
To protect yourself, follow these steps:
- Wear a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, preferably with UVA/UVB protection. Wear it every day you are outside, even if it is cloudy! Ultraviolet light can easily penetrate through clouds.
- Avoid exposure to sun during the mid-day hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Wear a shirt and hat for added protection when in the sun.
What is Mohs Surgery?
I don’t see anything after my biopsy. Do I really need treatment?
Yes! After the biopsy, the skin cancer may not be visible but that doesn’t mean that more tumor cells aren’t remaining. If left untreated, they can grow downward and outward, extending the dimensions of the cancer and leading to more extensive surgery later on. In some cases, these cancerous cells can metastasize to lymph nodes and other organs in the body.
Is fellowship training from the Amercian College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) really that important?
Yes! Skin cancer is nothing to play around with – you want to make sure you’re getting care from physicians with the highest level of quality and competency. Physicians who go through the ACMS fellowship program undergo months of extensive, hands-on-training from the most experienced Mohs surgeons in the country. To complete a fellowship, physicians must complete at least 500 Mohs surgery cases, learn to accurately interpret slides of tissue sample removed during Mohs surgery and perform a wide variety of reconstructions, from simple closure to complex multi-step repairs. The ACMS Mohs fellowship program provides an education and experience unmatched by other programs or by non-fellowship trained Mohs physicians.