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Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

The basic rules of sauna-going for beginners are here!

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Shedding light on the biggest and most common mistakes you make when cleansing!

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Actor Hugh Jackman’s recurring bouts with skin cancer have attracted attention to what national medical organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Skin Cancer Foundation say is already an epidemic. Jackman, best known as the star of the X-Men movie franchise, recently took to Twitter to encourage people to use sunscreen after undergoing treatment for the fifth case of skin cancer on his nose since 2013.

The type of skin cancer Jackman had is called basal cell carcinoma. It’s the most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma. Both are rarely fatal, but they can be highly disfiguring and may spread if left untreated. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it makes up only about 5% of all skin cancer cases diagnosed annually.

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All types of skin cancer are on the rise despite efforts to increase awareness about the importance of protecting skin from the sun. A 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology estimated that more than 5 million skin cancers are treated yearly in the U.S. in approximately 3.3 million people. This number continues to rise, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Dr. Brett Coldiron, founder of the The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, told the Skin Cancer Foundation that be believes significant increases in the number of nonmelanoma skin cancer cases is due to a number of factors. For one thing, he says, the number of skin cancers reported is probably more accurate now than in the past.

He adds, “I think the increase is due to sun exposure, both incidental and intentional, and the growth of tanning parlors. Also, the baby boomer generation is aging, and most skin cancer patients are over 65.”

Baby boomers make up the largest part of our population. Not only are baby boomers living longer, but they are spending more of their life out in the sun.

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Jackman, at 48, doesn’t quite fall into the baby boom demographic. But he underwent a treatment to remove a skin cancer tumor that is becoming increasingly familiar to aging patients, who make up the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell cancers. That treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, is widely regarded as the most effective for nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Mohs surgery involves a meticulous process in which an extremely thin layer of tissue is removed by a surgeon, who then examines it under a microscope to determine whether any cancer cells remain. The process is repeated until all cancerous tissue is removed. The outpatient procedure may take several hours, but it has a cure rate of about 99% for patients diagnosed for the first time and up to 94% for recurrent tumors.

It’s also preferred for treating skin cancer in areas where the cosmetic outcome is important, such as the nose, lips, and other areas of the face, because Mohs spares more healthy tissue than other treatment methods. When the treatment is performed by an American College of Mohs Surgery member, Mohs surgery recovery is typically smooth.

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“Because American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) members perform the procedure in an outpatient setting using only local anesthesia, immediate recovery generally involves little more than resting and simple wound care,” says the ACMS website. “Some patients may experience mild discomfort, bleeding, redness, or inflammation, but these are typically temporary and easily manageable.”

Specialists who belong to the ACMS complete rigorous post-residency fellowship training from highly qualified instructors. Completing the fellowship includes participating in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases and demonstrating an ability to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during the procedures.

Treatment alternatives such as excising the tumor, radiation, or cryogenic surgery (freezing the tumor off) are still being used, but expect to learn more about Mohs surgery as its benefits become apparent to more celebrities and regular folks alike.

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Bio: Emmy Owens is a health & beauty blogger who loves everything related to looking your best! She is a mother and wife who loves staying fit by chasing her young children. With age, she is not opposed to a cosmetic enhancement here or there, but the specifics remain in the vault.

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This post is a result of collaborative efforts of mySkin and American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

GUEST BLOG: How to Eat Healthier Without Even Noticing

GUEST BLOG: How to Eat Healthier Without Even Noticing

There is a misconception that, in order to eat healthier, you have to change your entire diet, forgo the foods that you love so much, and spend ages trying to prepare healthy meals. We’ve gotten so used to quick and…

GUEST BLOG: 10 Superfoods That Are Fantastic For Your Skin

GUEST BLOG: 10 Superfoods That Are Fantastic For Your Skin

Your diet plays an integral role in the quality of your skin. Certain foods can nurture your skin, whilst others will cause havoc. Here are 10 foods that you should be eating more of: Kale Kale is often considered to…

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

A naturally glowing, rosy skin is the epitome of beauty as it makes you look glamorous. However, the skin is a reflection of internal health and being the largest organ of the body requires a lot of pampering and caring…

GUEST BLOG: 6 Ways to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

GUEST BLOG: 6 Ways to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

Acne, pigmentation and most of the other skin issues we generally have are easily manageable with a few natural tricks. Try these out before you decide to visit a dermatologist for your next visit, or try them in conjunction with your physician’s medication.

Infographic: The Effects Of Dehydration

Infographic: The Effects Of Dehydration

You’ve probably been listening about the importance of drinking enough water for some time now. It may seem logical and essential, but we think we can never emphasize it enough. So here’s another reminder about the importance of hydration and…

GUEST POST: 3 Summer Skincare Essentials

GUEST POST: 3 Summer Skincare Essentials

Whether you’re getting ready to hit the beach or relax by the pool, there’s no doubt that summer is here, which means it’s time to stock up of some summer beauty products! From facial cleanser to moisturizer to natural sunscreen,…

GUEST POST: Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

GUEST POST: Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Since ages women have been battling the most arduous task of evolution – Hair Removal! It is indeed a serious chore, a toil they need to undertake in most of their lifetime. With time nothing really changed for women. It is just that the hair removal methods evolved and became better, but not without a hefty price tag.

GUEST POST: What role does race play in plastic surgery?

GUEST POST: What role does race play in plastic surgery?

Many women choose plastic surgery because they want to defy the aging process. Some want their self-esteem back while others just want to look like Barbie dolls and make an impression. The problem with plastic surgery is that it chases…

GUEST POST: Ingrown Hairs

GUEST POST: Ingrown Hairs

Regardless of what hair removal method you use, everyone at some point ends up with an ingrown hair.
It could simply be a one-time thing, but for some people it plagues them every time they shave, wax, or epilate. Take a look at some of the ways to prevent and fight them.

GUEST POST: Top 5 Exotic Spa Treatments

GUEST POST: Top 5 Exotic Spa Treatments

All of us are subject to trends and marketing. In terms of spa and spa business, it is no longer good enough to visit your local spa. Nowadays, people are searching for a global option for their relaxing wellness vacation….

GUEST POST: Home Spa Hacks

GUEST POST: Home Spa Hacks

Sometimes we all need a bit of pampering, but if you don’t have time to book an urgent spa appointment, you can still achieve health and beauty benefits by trying some spa hacks at home.

GUEST POST: Lasers Can Do What? Laser Treatments That You Never Considered

GUEST POST: Lasers Can Do What? Laser Treatments That You Never Considered

If you are looking for a solution to your skin issues or signs of aging, laser therapy may be just what you need.

Guest Post: 6 things you need to include to your bedtime skincare routine

I used to be the kind of person you’d meet and say: “My, what beautiful skin you have!” Not bragging, that’s just how it was. I prided myself in my skincare “routine” (not really a routine, I’d simply wash my…

Guest Post: A Fantastic Moisturizing Overnight Routine

Guest Post: A Fantastic Moisturizing Overnight Routine

Healthy skin is a goal that everyone strives to achieve. The skin is the largest organ of the body and serves to protect it from injuries while also providing a beautiful cover. It’s safe to assume that, being this important,…

Guest Post: A Guide to Minimizing Breast Implant Scarring

Guest Post: A Guide to Minimizing Breast Implant Scarring

While the vast majority of women who have breast implants are pleased with the results, there is one aspect of surgery that all women would happily do without: scarring. Follow these tips for minimal scarring. Choose your surgeon carefully Everyone…

Guest Post: Essential Care Tips for Women in Their 30s

Guest Post: Essential Care Tips for Women in Their 30s

Most women hit the panic button as soon as they turn 30 – as if an alarm goes off and they start worrying about looking and feeling older. However, aging gracefully requires modifying the way you care for yourself in…

Guest Post: 7 Reasons Why People Are Having Facial Fat Grafting Procedures

Guest Post: 7 Reasons Why People Are Having Facial Fat Grafting Procedures

Volume loss in the face is expected as part of the natural aging process; however, modern day patients are opting to turn back the clock and restore loss of volume in the face with a facial fat grafting procedure. Facial…