Skin Cancer Patients Balance Functionality, Practicality and…Vanity

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“Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) treatment is most often effectively treated with Mohs micrographic surgery, but it’s not always a practical option”

It seems odd to me that my elderly parents are vain. NMSC’s are appearing on their skin regularly and my folks don’t like them. Wearing round bandaids on their faces makes them feel self-conscious. Both my folks have been outdoorsy people all their lives. It makes sense that their frequent exposure to the sun over the past 7 decades now results in frequent NMSC.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer at a Glance-

  • Risks– UV Exposure, HPV, Genetics, Skin Pigment, Immunosuppression, Radiation Therapy, Age, Previous Skin Cancer,
  • Symptoms– Itching, Bleeding, Shape (A,B,C,D,E).
  • Diagnosis– Visual inspection (A,B,C,D,E), Skin Biopsy (Shave, Punch, Incisional/Excisional)
  • Prognosis- Staging-
  • Therapy– Conventional, Non-Conventional, Integrative, Alternative

The fact is that NMSC is “rarely fatal” according to the study below. And further, “lesions can have a significant impact on the quality of life for the afflicted patients- especially the elderly.” 

NMSC patients like my folks should understand that there are simple, inexpensive therapies to reduce the risk of NMSCs. Studies show that several supplements reduce the risk of NMSC or a second NMSC.

Let me be clear. MOHS surgery is an excellent therapy for removing the NMSC on your face.  But if you want to be proactive in your NMSC you may want to supplement with the above evidence-based, non-toxic therapies.

I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I supplement with and recommend Life Extension Milk Thistle and Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin.

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer? Please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Less invasive surgery preferred for some Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Considerations for nonmelanoma skin cancer in the elderly

“When selecting patients for NMSC treatment, physicians should consider if the lesion affects the patient’s functionality…

During the opening session of the meeting, Michael Renzi, M.D., said that although NMSC is rarely a fatal diagnosis, these lesions can have a significant impact on the quality of life for afflicted patients — especially the elderly…

NMSC treatment is most often effectively treated with Mohs micrographic surgery, but it’s not always a practical option. So, in this study, researchers examined how different treatments for nonmelanoma skin cancer were applied to elderly patients with low functionality…

The study included 203 patients, 75 years old or older, who were undergoing biopsy for suspected NMSC and who met the criteria for Mohs micrographic surgery. The dermatologist choosing the treatment was blinded to the functionality assessment…

Physicians should “utilize less invasive modalities for patients with poor functional status, even when the tumor meets the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS),”


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David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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