Skin cancer is a growing concern among people in San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities in California. Fortunately, a number of effective dermatology/skin cancer treatments are available from Dr. Hayes B. Gladstone of Gladstone Clinic. Our goal is to blend state-of-the-art medical technology with a staff dedicated to patient welfare and healing and to provide our patients with the best possible dermatologic surgery care. Our patients expect the best from us, and we strive to meet and exceed these expectations.

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Did you know? 1 in 5 Americans will have a nonmelanoma skin cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 55 Americans will have a melanoma in their lifetime?

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer. Over the past several decades, it has risen dramatically in the United States. Much of this increase can be attributed to sun exposure. Therefore, skin cancer tends to occur in sun-exposed areas such as the face and the back of the hands. Individuals of a lighter skin tone are at a greater risk for skin cancer because they do not have as much pigment in their skin, which protects against the sun. Because we currently believe that both cumulative damages over decades and sunburns can eventually lead to skin cancer, it is important to protect your children from the sun. This does not mean preventing them from going outdoors; it is healthy for children to be outdoors and exercise.

However, it does mean applying sunscreen or sun block or having them wear protective clothing. If your children are out in the sun all day, it is necessary to reapply the sunscreen or sunblock. This is also important for adults. It is never too late to begin to practice sun protection. By protecting yourself from the sun, you will not only lower your risk for skin cancer but will also keep your skin—which is the body’s largest organ—healthier and reduce a number of wrinkles.

Because skin cancer is treatable, it is important to catch it early. This is particularly true for melanoma which is the most aggressive of the common skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma being the other two). You should examine your skin on a monthly basis. In areas such as the back which is difficult to examine, have someone else look carefully. Any non healing sore or a spot that bleeds, or continually scabs up, or is getting larger, or changing colors should be looked at by Dr. Gladstone.

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