When it comes to understanding skin cancer, the public suffers a big misconception that the diagnosis isn’t a big deal. Many even forget that it’s still a life-threatening cancer. A lot of folks believe that if their dermatologist finds a cancerous growth on their body, that the follow-up is nothing more than a simple in-patient, painless procedure.
Anyone in the SkinCancer.net Facebook group can share that this isn’t the case. Far from it. This past spring, we posed the question, “What do you wish others knew to change the misconception that “It’s just skin cancer”? In part one, we shared your feedback about how skin cancer can metastasize and just how painful skin cancer surgeries can be. Here’s more of what you wished others understood.
Many of you mentioned the battle wounds skin cancer leaves behind. Scar tissue never looks like normal skin, which is hard to accept, especially when on the face or head. Some doctors advocate that the scarring is good news, proof that the body is capable of healing.
The good news is that the more you know about skin cancer, the better off you are in protecting yourself moving forward. It’s never too late to become more vigilant. Increased protection can include specially treated auto window films, and even laundry protects that washes UV protection into clothing.
A thank you to everyone who opened up about how they are dealing with this disease. We hope that those in the community find strength in knowing they are not alone in fighting skin cancer.