Basal Cell Skin Cancer

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Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.  It mainly affects the head and the neck.  The people at the greatest risk are males, people who tend to freckle easily, those with increased sun exposure or excessive use of tanning beds, and smokers.  Basal cell can be treated and although it can metastasize, or spread, it usually does not do that.  It usually stays local, close to where it originates.  People with basal cell near the ears, eyes and nose need to be watched very closely.  Those with it on the arms or legs still need to be treated, but local growth has less of a chance to attack vital areas.  Basal cell cancer is on the rise in this country and it’s another reason why it’s important to get regular skin checks.  It can’t stress it enough.  You need to follow-up with your physician and do what you can to get all of that proper treatment.

 

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Can Drinking Coffee Help Fight Skin Cancer?

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Can coffee help fight skin cancer?  The Journal of the National Cancer Institute recently took a look at the effects of caffeine intake. What they found is that people who drink coffee on a regular basis, four or more cups a day, had a 20% lower risk for developing the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, than those who drank less coffee.  The same did not hold true for decaffeinated coffee drinkers.  Malignant melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the United States and the leading cause of skin cancer deaths.  Coffee has been the subject of medical research quite a bit. In the past, researchers have found associations between coffee and protection against Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, depression, and diabetes.

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Protecting Your Skin Is Essential

Protecting Your Skin Is Essential

What is the largest organ of the body? The largest organ in the body is the skin, and skin cancer may just be the fastest growing form of cancer. That’s why sunscreen is so important. It’s one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, but only if applied properly. There are key points you need to know. Even if the day is mostly overcast, the sun’s harmful rays can still be harmful. You should know these things and you should use it liberally.

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A Fascinating New Test for Suspicious Moles

A Fascinating New Test for Suspicious Moles

It is a fascinating test. According to researchers at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, applying a simple tape to a suspicious mole or freckle and pulling off the RNA for genetic analysis can actually help determine if the mole is malignant melanoma or a less serious problem. This is important information for women concerned about biopsies and scars. The initial reports are good and suggest that basically, these tests could work, but they were only a 50 sample taken. Despite the fact this is early, it does send a clear message.

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Skin Cancer Surgical Procedures

Skin Cancer Surgical Procedures

Skin cancer is on the rise in this country, and as a result, a procedure called Mohs Micrographic Surgery is becoming far more commonplace. Now, Mohs is a technique used to remove skin cancer in the best way to minimize the scarring, to minimize the wound, and also try to find out how aggressive the cancer is. Mohs can be done in one day, and it takes two steps. Under local anesthesia the tumor is removed in stages as the procedure is being performed. As it’s going down, samples are studied to see if the tumor is present. Now the goal is to make sure all cancer is removed. It’s also important to minimize the scar for areas like the eyes, the ears, the nose and the lips. It is clearly one of the best procedures we have out there.

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