Will I develop more skin cancers?

After having one skin cancer, statistics say that you have a 50% chance of developing a second. There are precautions that can be taken to prevent further skin cancers. You should use a sunscreen (suntan lotion), applying it at least 30 minutes before exposure to sunlight. We would recommend that you use a SPF #30 or higher sunscreen. Despite manufacturer’s claims, we recommend that you re-apply sunscreen after swimming. A wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and other protective clothing are also appropriate and more effective than sunscreen alone. Avoidance of excessive sunshine is always recommended.

You should have your skin checked very closely by your referring dermatologist or dermatology PA at 6-month intervals. This is not only to check the surgical site as it is healing, but to check for the development of additional skin cancers. Some patients who come great distances will be followed post operatively by their referring physician. We recommend 6-month follow-up visits for 2 years, then yearly by your referring doctor. Of course, any areas of your skin that change, fail to heal, or just concern you should be brought to the attention of your referring physician or PA immediately.

John Geisse, MD
Serena Mraz, MD
Karl Beutner, MD PhD
Jennifer Fu, MD
Erica Aronson, MD
John Alexander, PA-C
Kyle Goleno, PA-C
Margaret Nonato, PA-C
Debra Stock, PA-C
Meghan Kennedy, PA-C

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