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Skin Cancer/Squamous Carcinoma

Posted by @magspierce, Aug 24, 2017

Hi everyone! I’m new, today, and have looked through the topics on skin and haven’t seen one about skin cancer. I have squamous carcinoma, have had several taken off, by excision, frozen, topical ointment/cream, and years ago burnt off.
I’m wondering if any of you who have a skin cancer and what you use as a moisturizer. I use Neutragena 100 spf when I’m going to be out in the sun, but have not been able to find a lotion/moisturizer that really helps. I also have very dry skin and my arms get so scaly often, this used to be in the winter only but now is in the summer time too. Thanks in advance!

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Hi @magspierce,

Welcome to the Skin Health group; thank you so much for sharing and joining us.

We do have a few discussions on skin cancer, albeit in the Cancer group. Please meet @gaybinator @sylviapf @alpaca who talk about squamous cell carcinoma here:
– Immunotherapy: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/immunotherapy/

You may also wish to view these older discussions:
– Skin Cancer – Squamous Cell: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/skin-cancer-squamous-cell/
– Basal Cell Carcinoma: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/basal-cell-carcinoma/

Although this Mayo Clinic Q&A is about dry skin due to cancer radiation, it offers some good information about moisturizers:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/expert-answers/breast-cancer-radiation/faq-20057981

@magspierce, have you considered trying a heavier moisturizer, perhaps something with petroleum jelly?

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@magspierce Hi Mags, I thought I replied to this before but I am now going through my mail, the last few days have been impossible, and I do not see that I did reply.
I just wanted to mention that last month I saw a dermatologist, a post-transplant specialist at MGH (the immunosuppressant drugs cause much greater sensitivity to the sun) and he said that anything over SPF 30 is wasted, so if it cost more money then it’s not worth it. The statistics were something along the line of SPF 30 gives you 97% protection and 100 give you 98%. Both need to be reapplied every two hours, that’s the very important part.
JK

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Hi @magspierce,

Welcome to the Skin Health group; thank you so much for sharing and joining us.

We do have a few discussions on skin cancer, albeit in the Cancer group. Please meet @gaybinator @sylviapf @alpaca who talk about squamous cell carcinoma here:
– Immunotherapy: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/immunotherapy/

You may also wish to view these older discussions:
– Skin Cancer – Squamous Cell: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/skin-cancer-squamous-cell/
– Basal Cell Carcinoma: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/basal-cell-carcinoma/

Although this Mayo Clinic Q&A is about dry skin due to cancer radiation, it offers some good information about moisturizers:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/expert-answers/breast-cancer-radiation/faq-20057981

@magspierce, have you considered trying a heavier moisturizer, perhaps something with petroleum jelly?

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Thank you Kanaaz! Will check those discussions out. I have used regular petroleum jelly in the past, but not thought of it recently so thanks for the reminder! I’ll check the ones out with it in them.

Hi, Just saw your post about squamous cell and what your treatment was. You didn’t say where on the body it was. I have had basal cell, squamous cell on my face, and melanoma in situ on my upper thigh. For my face, I had MOHS surgery, where they remove a layer of skin and examine it under the microscope and continue to remove small layers until they no longer see cancer. If you ever have skin cancer on your face- that is definitely the way to go. Very minimal scarring. Of course, the doctor was wonderful. On my upper thigh- my dermatologist noticed a very tiny freckle, which I didn’t even notice was there. She biopsied it and called me several days later to tell me it was melanoma in-situ, and we caught it in time. Advised me to get an appointment with a surgeon(s), she recommended a few. She told me whoever could take me the soonest, to make the appointment with them. I had surgery and now have a 3 inch scar on my thigh; which is fading. That was probably 2012. I have always been a sun lover; living near the ocean and going to the beach since I was a kid with no sunscreen. So- many years of sun damage. My dermatologist tells me to use #70. I have heard that anything over #30 doesn’t protect you any better. But, I do use #50 on my face and #20 on my body. But, we only have summer here in the Northeast for 3 months or less. Good luck!

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