What Can I Do to Protect Myself?
Fortunately, most SCCs are found early and can be cured.
Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself:
Pay attention to sun safety.
Avoid being in the sun during peak daylight hours, always apply (and reapply) SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen, and wear protective clothing, sunglasses and wide brimmed hats. Don’t skip putting sunscreen on your lips, ears, backs of your hands, neck or the top of the scalp.
Go to any and all follow-up appointments with your doctor.
If you have had a skin cancer, you are more likely to have another. Be sure to get regular skin exams. When found early, skin cancer can be cured.
Check your skin regularly.
Watch for changes in size, color, texture and appearance. If it worries you at all, let your doctor know.
Talk to your family and friends about the importance of skin cancer prevention too.
Questions to Ask
- What type of biopsy do you suggest?
How soon will I know the results?
What stage is my cancer?
What treatment is most likely to work?
Are there side effects I need to be aware of?
How likely is it that it will return?
What should I be doing to help protect myself in the future?
Do you have experience treating this type of cancer, or know someone who does?
Should I get a second opinion?