Our skin is the largest organ and it is responsible for protecting us from bacteria, germs, temperature and disposing bodily waste through sweat. That being said, our skin goes through a lot being on the outside of our bodies and getting exposed to sun for our whole lives. Overexposure and sunburns cause skin cells to become destroyed, which results in mutation that may become cancerous.
The Savin Center stresses the importance of protecting yourself from damaging rays and actively reminds patients of the long-term affects. Protecting yourself from the sun with sunscreen and staying out of the sun from 10am – 2pm when the sunrays are the strongest is a good start. But annual skin care body checks with a board certified dermatologist from the Savin Center is the best way to detect early skin cancer development.
You should never take skin cancer lightly, even if it’s a pre-cancerous development. The Savin Center uses an FDA-approved, relatively new treatment for pre-cancers called Photodynamic Therapy. Also referred to as phototherapy, this treatment is used to clear the skin of any potential pre-cancerous lesions, called actinic keratosis.
The treatment works by applying a topical photoactive medicine; Levulan, to the skin, and then a laser like “blue light” is shined on the area for 16 minutes, destroying the cancer cells in the skin. Clients are told to stay out of the sun for 48 hours, allowing the skin to peel, removing all pre-cancerous cells. Recovery is fast and it is a procedure which is usually covered by insurance.