MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
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Tuesday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Debunking Skin Cancer Myths

Even though summer is coming to an end, the sun’s UV rays are still harsh on our skin. Unfortunately, various myths and misconceptions about skin cancer persist, leading to confusion and potentially harmful practices. This blog will discuss and debunk three common skin care myths. It is important to continuously educate ourselves on how to increase skin health practices. 

Myth #1: “Skin Cancer only occurs in sun-exposed areas.”

Skin cancer can occur in any area of the body. As stated in a previous MidAmerica blog post, “Melanoma can start anywhere on the body that has melanocytic cells. These areas include part of the skin, the bottom of the feet, under fingernails and toenails, and in the mouth and eyes.” Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in people with dark skin tones, it’s more likely to occur in areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Myth #2: “Once a mole, always a mole.” 

While most moles are harmless, any changes could be an early sign of skin cancer. For example, a change in color, shape or size could be warning signs. It is important to continuously monitor moles and schedule a skin check if changes occur. If these changes occur, you should notify your doctor immediately. 

Mole removal done by Laura McKinzie, FNP-BC.

Myth #3: “Skin Cancer is only a concern for older individuals.”

Skin cancer can occur at any age, and melanoma is increasingly affecting younger populations. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “Melanoma in children and adolescents accounts for a tiny percentage of all new melanoma cases in the United States, with about 400 cases a year in children under 20 years old.” It is important to get your skin checked at least once a year to watch for moles and possible melanomas at any age.

Understanding the facts can help individuals take proactive steps to protect their skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer. At The Skin Clinic, located in MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, we encourage everyone to prioritize sun protection and safety. Laura McKinzie FNP-BC specializes in skin cancer screenings and removals. She recommends getting checked yearly and being aware of any new abnormal moles that may appear. The cure rate for skin cancer when removed early is roughly 98%, so it’s important to be proactive when it comes to prevention! Skin checks can be scheduled with Laura online, or by calling the office at 618-288-7855.   

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