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Safeguard Your Skin from Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Cases Are Rising. Reduce Your Risk.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with millions of cases diagnosed each year. It is also one of the most preventable cancers and highly treatable when found early. It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer and are collectively referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers. These arise within the top layer of the skin and can appear on any sun-exposed area of the body, but are most frequently found on the face, ears, bald scalp, and neck.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer due to its metastatic potential. It is responsible for more than seventy-five percent of skin cancer deaths, with nearly twenty Americans dying from melanoma every day. Due to the multifactorial nature of melanoma, it can affect all skin types and occur anywhere on the body. Melanoma is also one of the most common forms of cancer in young adults. It therefore represents a significant public health problem, especially with respect to years of life lost.

For these reasons, skin cancer prevention is your best defense. It is important to know the risk factors and have a Total Body Skin Exam once a year by a board-certified dermatology professional.
It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin Cancer Risks: Factors and Prevention Strategies

Skin cancer poses a risk to individuals of all ages and skin types. While genetic factors play a role, the majority of cases result from a combination of genetic elements and exposure to UV radiation, whether from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds. The key to skin cancer prevention involves minimizing UV exposure, especially during the prime hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, practicing vigilant sun protection measures, and recognizing additional risk factors, such as a history of blistering sunburns in childhood, light complexion, eyes, and hair, heavy freckling, poor tanning ability, and susceptibility to sunburn. Understanding and addressing these factors are crucial for both public health and individual clinical care.

Your Home for Skin Cancer Treatment

Zitelli and Brodland is dedicated to skin cancer education, detection, and treatment. Our staff of trained dermatology professionals are skilled in various skin cancer treatments. From Mohs Surgery, to topical therapies, we can help you find the skin cancer treatment that it is best for you.

Getting a regular Total Body Skin Exam (TBSE) as well as performing regular skin self-exams at home are crucial parts of preventing skin cancer and are key for early detection of irregular spots. 

From Our QualDerm Family of Providers: Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Skin Cancer Skin Exams