How the Sun Damages Skin

While sunburns are painful and unsightly, they are far from the most dangerous aspect of UV radiation. After the sunburn fades, severe UV radiation damage and/or long-term sun exposure can alter our DNA and cause us to develop skin cancer.

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type, geographic location, and outdoor activities is important. But before delving into the specifics, it's important to use sunscreen it a way that allows it to do its job in the most effective way.

What is Actinic Keratosis?

What is Actinic Keratosis? Actinic keratosis (AK) is a rough, scaly, crusty, and/or discolored patch that grows on the skin. AKs are caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation.
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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer caused by damage to the DNA of melanocyte cells in the skin. Melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment in skin that is primarily responsible for skin color. When melanocytes DNA is damaged, it may cause the cells to mutate—leading to rapid, uncontrolled growth and the formation of malignant tumors.
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FDA approves new skin cancer drug for basal cell carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new skin cancer drug designed to treat basal cell carcinoma. The drug, Odomzo, will be used to treat locally advanced basal cell carcinomas in patients where the disease has returned after the original tumor was surgically removed. The drug will also be an option for patients who are not candidates for surgery or radiation treatment.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

315,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year in the United States. In 73,870 of those cases, the disease will spread from the site of the original tumor (a condition called invasive melanoma). An estimated 9,940 will die, a rate of nearly one death per hour.
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Data Show Skyrocketing Skin Cancer Rates

Data from around the world show that skin cancer, long identified as the most common type of cancer globally, is still on the rise. The World Health Organization estimates that one in every three cancers diagnosed worldwide is a type of skin cancer, and, according to Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics, one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of damaged or mutated squamous cells. The second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 700,000 new cases each year in the US alone.

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a form of skin cancer that develops in the top layer of the skin. It is by far the most common type of skin cancer—of the 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year in the United States, nearly 80% are basal cell carcinomas.

Survivorship Clinic - with Linda Coverdale - at CaroMont and Novant Radiation Oncology Centers

I am Linda Coverdale, PA-C, and I have been brought on board to focus on cancer survivorship! Survivorship is a critical part of cancer care and we are very excited to introduce this piece of the care plan to the Gaston and Charlotte area...