July 2, 2012 – Most of our posts have been about how to have the most healthy, clear skin possible and tips about skin care in general. We’ve talked quite a bit about the importance of broad spectrum sunscreens and how they’re important for anti-aging of the skin. But in this post we thought we’d tell you a little about a new form of treatment for facial skin cancer that is much easier, quicker and less expensive method that can be performed on an outpatient basis.
The skin cancer treatment is in the form of a patch and was detailed in a recent ScienceDaily article. The patch was sucessful in completely eradicating facial skin cancer tumers in 80% of the patients who received the treatment. This customized patch delivers radiation directly to the tumor and is idea when the cancer is located on an area of the face where surgery and skin grafting would be hard to do.
The patch is used to treat basal cell carcinoma, which according to the article is the most common form of non-melanoma surface skin cancer. The article also went on to state that World Health Organization data shows that between two and three million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers develop world wide every year, with one in three being skin cancer. In the U.S. alone about one in five people will develop skin cancer this year.
The development of this patch is great news for anyone up against the challenge of facial skin cancer. Just remember that one of the most important part of your daily skin care routine should be using a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF and applying the right amount for protection against sun damage, early aging and skin cancer.