Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is the Most Common Form of Cancer

Targeted interventions including avoiding excessive sun exposure, liberally applying sunscreen before sun exposure, and supporting skin health with scientifically studied nutrients like B-vitamins, Polypodium leucotomos, and red orange complex can protect skin from UV damage.
Causes and Risk Factors

Exposure to sunlight/UV light is a primary risk factor for all skin cancers.  All skin cancers are more common in men and with advancing age.  Numerous freckles and/or moles can increase risk of skin cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

The “ABCDE guide” is often used to describe melanoma characteristics

Diagnosis

Skin cancers are diagnosed based on physical exam, patient history, and a variety of diagnostic techniques, including biopsy of skin and lymph nodes, dermoscopy, and imaging tests if the cancer has spread.

Conventional Treatment

Treatments for non-melanoma skin cancers include Mohs microsurgery (which presents the best cure rates, lowest recurrence rates, and leaves the smallest surgical wounds), electrodessication and curettage, cryosurgery, and radiotherapy.