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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.

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In The News

Mohs surgery in Eau Claire helps patient get an all clear from skin cancer

“Melanoma. That really got my attention.” That is how Mark Schoonover, 63, of Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, describes the moment he learned he had skin cancer in August 2015.

June 5, 2017

From The Blog

Mohs surgery helps patient get an all clear from skin cancer

“Melanoma. That really got my attention.” That is how Mark Schoonover, 63, of Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, describes the moment he learned he had skin cancer in August 2015.

June 5, 2017

The Survivor Bell

Jane-Marie Bahr shares her personal experience of her last day of radiation treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

April 27, 2017

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part III)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part three of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part I)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part one of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part II)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part two of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

Living with a melanoma diagnosis

Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It’s real. It’s cancer. And left untreated, will kill you. I was diagnosed with skin cancer July 16, 2012. When I spotted an odd looking mole just below my right ribcage, my heart sunk. I knew about the dangers of melanoma, but I still was not ready to hear the words, “I’m sorry, but it’s cancer. It’s melanoma.”  

May 16, 2016

Simple steps to help prevent skin cancer

In parts of the country where winter seems to drag on forever, spring and summer are exciting seasons. The air becomes warmer, the sun gets brighter and outdoor activities are frequent. Naturally, your skin’s exposure to the sun increases during this time of year, which results in a greater risk of skin damage, including development of skin cancer. The good news? Most skin cancers are preventable.

Kevin Cockerill MD By Kevin Cockerill May 3, 2016

Sunburn treatment: What works?

Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal. However, you can ease your discomfort with a few simple steps.

Trent Anderson DO By Trent Anderson July 6, 2015

Protect your skin from cancer

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, many of which, thankfully, are preventable. The sun isn’t the only skin-damaging predator — tanning beds, smoking and unhealthy diet can also have ill effects on the body’s outer layer. The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Let’s explore a few tactics to help protect your skin.

Tammy Losee NP By Tammy Losee May 4, 2015

What to do about dry skin

Dry skin is can be temporary — for example you might only suffer from it during the winter months — but for some it can be a lifelong condition. Although skin is often driest on your hands, arms and lower legs, this varies from person to person. What's more, signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the problem.

Megan Johnston FlandersMD By Megan Johnston Flanders February 27, 2015

Myth or Fact: Coconut oil is an effective sunscreen

Maybe people look for natural substances to help with protection against the sun. Here's the lowdown on whether coconut oil truly is an effective sunscreen.

Melanie Dixon MD By Melanie Dixon July 22, 2013