If you have light skin that sunburns easily, you are more likely to get
Your risk is higher if you are male or if you are
over 40. Your risk is higher if others in your family have had it or if you
have had it before.
You may also be more likely to get it if you
have been exposed often to strong
X-rays, to certain chemicals (such as arsenic, coal
tar, and creosote), or to radioactive substances (such as radium).
Your doctor will want to remove
all of the cancer. There are several ways to do this. The most common way is to
numb your skin so that it does not hurt, then cut out the cancer. You will be
awake while this is done.
This surgery almost always cures
nonmelanoma skin cancer. Other treatments include radiation, medicines that are put on the skin (topical therapies), and photodynamic therapy (PDT).
After your treatment, you will need
regular checkups, because having skin cancer once means you are more likely to
get it again.
prevent it by being careful in the sun. Stay out of the sun at midday, when the
sun's rays are strongest. Wear sunscreen or other sun protection. Do not use
tanning booths or sunlamps.