Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Cancer Home Care

Home care for skin cancer includes:

  • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
  • Use sunscreen if you are out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
  • Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Perform regular skin self-examinations
    • Skin areas that are often exposed to the sun are at highest risk for skin cancer.
    • See your doctor for changes in color, size, or overall appearance of skin lesions.
    • See your doctor for new or unusual skin lesions.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions.
  • See a dermatologist regularly.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Skin Cancer Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a skin lesion or mole and any of the following:

  • New skin lesion in someone older than 40
  • Moles, skin lumps or skin bumps with the following:
    • Asymmetry: one side does not look like the other
    • Bleeding or cracking
    • Inconsistent coloration
    • Irregular margins: borders with jagged or notched edges
    • New skin lump or bump in any location
    • Rapid change in size or shape

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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