Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world and involves abnormal cells on the outer layer of skin. Among other causes, ultraviolet radiation is the number one source of skin cancer. With summertime finally here and family vacations approaching, it is important to protect your skin while you have extra exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
Skin cancer may be hard to identify due to the many forms and appearances skin cancer can take. There are three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma: basal cell carcinoma is the most common form and appears as a skin irritation on the face or neck.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: squamous cell carcinoma spreads more rapidly through blemishes or lesions.
- Melanoma: the most aggressive skin cancer, melanoma is easily detected through new-pigmented spots or moles on the skin.
If you are noticing any changes in the skin’s appearance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandel for an exam- it could be life saving.
A highly trained specialist, Dr. Sandel can diagnose and treat skin cancer. After an examination, Dr. Sandel may perform a biopsy if he sees a concern for cancer. If a patient needs a lesion removed, Dr. Sandel is qualified to remove and repair the area with the utmost care to reduce scarring. He offers Mohs surgery, and patients are often referred to him from Annapolis and beyond for aesthetically pleasing results.
Although skin cancer is treatable, prevention is essential. Summer months are when the sun’s rays are the strongest that requires extra skin protections. Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more is a must before hitting the sun. UV radiation is at its peak during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to avoid the sun during those hours, make sure to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and every few hours thereafter. It is also important to take care of children and make sure they are constantly protected from UV rays with sunscreen. The use of a large brimmed hat can provide additional shade for the face and neck area.