March 2022 Newsletter

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with skin cancer, you may have heard about Mohs surgery, the most effective technique for removing nonmelanoma skin cancers, with cure rates up to 99 percent.

This month, we're delivering detailed information, answers to common questions and just about everything you want to know about Mohs surgery to treat basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and even certain melanomas.

To follow the Mohs conversation all month long, be sure to connect with us on social media!

Mohs Content Roundup:

Dr. Sarnoff Says

On the Blog

Celebrating the Women of The Skin Cancer Foundation
March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s female physician members to share their insights as women in dermatology, and the world of medicine.

Against the Wind
You do your best to protect your skin from the sun. But did you know Mother Nature ups the ante on windy days? Our experts share some breezy protection advice.

Social Media and Skin Cancer: The Benefits, the Drawbacks for Patients Seeking Support
Have you ever shared details of your medical diagnosis on social media? If so, you are not alone. Learn the advantages and pitfalls around social media sharing.

How to Talk to Your Teen About Tanning
The Foundation talked to Amy Wechsler, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and dermatology, about how to communicate effectively with teens about tanning.

How to Perform a Skin Self-Exam, and What to Look For
The most important motivator for early detection is a higher survival rate, but there are other benefits to taking action against skin cancers right away.

Ladybug video

Early Detection Ladybug Lesson

Skin cancer is the cancer you can see. That’s why skin exams, both at home and with a dermatologist, are especially vital.⁠ Learn from the ladybugs!

PSA: As Spring Approaches, Spray Don’t Bake.

For many young women, spring means memorable events like proms, showers and weddings. It may be tempting to achieve a bronzed, “sun-kissed” look for such occasions; studies show women are more likely to use indoor tanning devices than men. The Skin Cancer Foundation cautions against any type of tanning, in or outdoors. Read more about the dangers of tanning.

Know Where to Go; Know What to Do

The Know Where to Go, Know What to Do coalition creates one source for women to find trusted resources, education and support, simplifying her journey from preventative care to navigating the most challenging health matters. Learn more.

Know where to go what do do, a coalition for womens health

Community Corner

Our Facebook page delivers educational information and the opportunity to connect and interact with skin cancer warriors and caregivers. A recent conversation about Mohs surgery generated hundreds of comments. Here are some highlights:

Are you familiar with Mohs surgery?
If so, what was your experience?

“Yes. On my forehead a couple of years ago for an invasive SCC. I was lucky - it was caught early and I only needed one pass. My surgeon was excellent. Even with 12 internal stitches and 14 external, the scar is almost invisible.”

“I've had seven Mohs procedures all were a good experience. All have healed well and scarring has been minimal for the most part. I especially like knowing the margins are clear when I leave.”

“Had Mohs in October and reconstruction a few weeks later. My surgeons were amazing. My scars are barely visible after 4 months!”

“My mum had BCC on her eyelid and had Mohs surgery and plastic surgery afterward. She was very happy with result.”

“I’m 43 and have had 10 Mohs surgeries. I’ve had great surgeons. Skin cancer sucks!”

“I’ve had three! I love it. Well. As much as you can like a surgery. You leave knowing the cancer is gone.”

“I’ve had two Mohs surgeries, both for squamous cell carcinoma. One was on my nose, the other on my chin. Both healed well.”

“I had one done on a melanoma on my upper back. Left a big scar, but I'm grateful surgery was the only treatment I need for cancer.”

“I had a squamous cell on the side of my forehead and was fortunate that I only needed one pass. It was no problem. I have a great surgeon.”

“I have had over 20 surgeries now and so far they have all been very successful. I am pretty scarred up but I prefer a scar over cancer any day.”

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