Business InsightSkin cancer: should we worry or not?It is a very ironic subject: all cancers showdeclining numbers for many year exceptskin cancer, which is not only growingin numbers but re-ccrg in the samepopulation of patients. What is wrong then?Why is t happening and what can we doabout itFirst of a, please remember the reasonsof skin cancer happening to us majorityof cases are directly related to sun damageand extensive and frequent sun exposurewith no protection of skin. Secondly, donot forget that cases of cancer increase withage. Now, connect the dots: baby boomersgeneration loved sun burning! This groupof demographics is now aging and skincancer has become their leading cause ofdoctors' visits. Basal cell and squamous cellcarcinoma as el as precancerous actinickeratosis make baby boomers frequen nvade, the more extensive the surgeryyers to dermatologist's offices around themore scaring, and more paincountry if not the globe. The statistics are Malignant melanoma is the only trulydangerous type of skin cancer, not onlysimilar everywhere.If you add the fact thain the 50s, 60s, spreading to other organs but sometimesand 70s, we did not use sunscreens and the deadly, 95% of nnelanoma can be cured ifonly problem was who get darker during the detected and treated early, in the nitialsummer months, we simply can resolve this stage of development.puzzle within a minuteIt is very important to remember that fairSo what can we do abot? Fortunately skin population has a higher frequency offor all of us, the problem is easy to solve skin cancer but even dark skin is not immunewith old methods of prevention rather to the problem. We actually see advancedthan intervention. All of us and especially stages of skin cancer in darker patients onlysun-loves over 50 should visit their because hey think they cannot even getdermatologists at least once a year. If they skin cancer. Nobody is immune and all ofdo get diagnosis of skin cancer or AKs once, us should get the skin exam annually!they should make a visit every 6 monthsAnd finally -do the self-check! If youSkin pre-cancer and cancer are chronicconditions and they pop everywhere on partbody exposed to external elementsbut truly, full body skin exam is probablythe best solution. It does not take long andmost of the lesions that are abnormal arenotice any skin changes, observe them andeven take a picture. Show the changes to yourdoctor and discuss the future prevention.If you wish to discuss any options oftreatment, ask the staff to provide you witheducational material. Educated patients arethe best doctor's partners. And we offer. No beter deal can bequite easy to notice.Great news is that basal cell and squamouscell cancers are treatable and curable witheffective office procedures. If detected early oundeveand treated with conservative surgerythey do not leave any bad scaring behind. and cut it out before it grows on you!The longer they grow and the deeper they Michael Bukhalo, MDeducation for freeDo not let skin cancer beat you! Be betterArlington Dermatology5301 Keystone Court Rolling Meadows, IL 60008Tel. 847 392 5440 | www.arlingtondermatology.net

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Business Insight Skin cancer: should we worry or not? It is a very ironic subject: all cancers show declining numbers for many year except skin cancer, which is not only growing in numbers but re-ccrg in the same population of patients. What is wrong then? Why is t happening and what can we do about it First of a, please remember the reasons of skin cancer happening to us majority of cases are directly related to sun damage and extensive and frequent sun exposure with no protection of skin. Secondly, do not forget that cases of cancer increase with age. Now, connect the dots: baby boomers generation loved sun burning! This group of demographics is now aging and skin cancer has become their leading cause of doctors' visits. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma as el as precancerous actinic keratosis make baby boomers frequen nvade, the more extensive the surgery yers to dermatologist's offices around the more scaring, and more pain country if not the globe. The statistics are Malignant melanoma is the only truly dangerous type of skin cancer, not only similar everywhere. If you add the fact thain the 50s, 60s, spreading to other organs but sometimes and 70s, we did not use sunscreens and the deadly, 95% of nnelanoma can be cured if only problem was who get darker during the detected and treated early, in the nitial summer months, we simply can resolve this stage of development. puzzle within a minute It is very important to remember that fair So what can we do abot? Fortunately skin population has a higher frequency of for all of us, the problem is easy to solve skin cancer but even dark skin is not immune with old methods of prevention rather to the problem. We actually see advanced than intervention. All of us and especially stages of skin cancer in darker patients only sun-loves over 50 should visit their because hey think they cannot even get dermatologists at least once a year. If they skin cancer. Nobody is immune and all of do get diagnosis of skin cancer or AKs once, us should get the skin exam annually! they should make a visit every 6 months And finally -do the self-check! If you Skin pre-cancer and cancer are chronic conditions and they pop everywhere on part body exposed to external elements but truly, full body skin exam is probably the best solution. It does not take long and most of the lesions that are abnormal are notice any skin changes, observe them and even take a picture. Show the changes to your doctor and discuss the future prevention. If you wish to discuss any options of treatment, ask the staff to provide you with educational material. Educated patients are the best doctor's partners. And we offer . No beter deal can be quite easy to notice. Great news is that basal cell and squamous cell cancers are treatable and curable with effective office procedures. If detected early oundeve and treated with conservative surgery they do not leave any bad scaring behind. and cut it out before it grows on you! The longer they grow and the deeper they Michael Bukhalo, MD education for free Do not let skin cancer beat you! Be better Arlington Dermatology 5301 Keystone Court Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Tel. 847 392 5440 | www.arlingtondermatology.net

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