… “Only about one third of the population performs self-exams for the signs of skin cancer and a significant number of those people are unable to see or recognize suspicious lesions on their own. A visit to your Dermatologist is important for a thorough evaluation of any areas of concern,” suggests Dr. Richard Asarch, MD of the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser in Denver.
If you are diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most effective method for treatment. With a 99% success rate, Mohs allows surgeons to identify and remove tumors one layer at a time while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
According to Dr. Asarch, “For invasive types of Melanoma, there is still some controversy about utilizing the Mohs micrographic technique versus removal with wide margins. When sparing as much tissue as possible is important, such as when working on areas on the face, the Mohs procedure can be used. This is particularly possible when the type of melanoma is in a very early stage, e.g. Lentigo Maligna Melanoma.”
Regardless of what stage of life you are in or what level of damage you have accumulated, it is essential to protect yourself when you are out in the Colorado sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a broad spectrum Sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 15-20 minutes before exposure. Remember to re-apply every couple of hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 3 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest and protect your head and face with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever possible…