With new reports that Hugh Jackman has been diagnosed and treated for skin cancer, Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman is stressing the importance of protecting your skin.
The news marks the third time the actor, who suffers from the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, has been treated in the past year.
The Tampa dermatologist says that using sunscreen is the first step in protecting your skin from the sun.
“Sun damage is cumulative,” says Dr. Forman. “The earlier in life you protect yourself from harmful rays, the better.”
Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer characterized by open sores or red patches on the skin that arises in the basal cells, a type of cell in the epidermis that works to produce new skin cells that replace the old ones. Tumor sites are found mainly in areas of the skin that have undergone long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, if left untreated, basil cell carcinoma can become highly disfiguring to the skin. Although almost always curable, the possibility of re-developing the cancer in the future is likely.
In addition to sunscreen, the Tampa dermatologist adds that there are several prevention tips that can decrease the chances of getting skin cancer.
“Seeking shade at the appropriate times, avoiding tanning booths and having yearly skin exams should become habitual,” says Dr. Forman. “It’s important for everyone to establish a daily routine in order to avoid the development of skin cancer.”
Dr. Forman is the founder of Forman Dermatology and Skin institute, located in Tampa, Fla. and has appeared on TV shows across the country, including the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors” to provide sun-protection tips and to demonstrate his breakthrough skin cancer treatments.
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