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Skin Cancer

In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Kumud Tripathy tells us how to protect ourselves from different types of skin cancer.

There are two types of skin cancer: one is the usual kind, that’s Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma. These account for about one million new cases per year. That’s a lot of cancer, but these cancers usually don’t spread anywhere and they don’t kill people.

The other one is the bad kind, that’s Melanoma. About 60,000 persons develop Melanoma in any 1 year, and about 8,000 of them will die.

All of these skin cancers are related, both Melanoma and non- Melanoma, they are related to sun exposure. We are getting to the summer, and it’s a good time to remind everybody to avoid sun light between 10 AM and 4 PM and use sunscreen with high SPF. You have to use it frequently. If you wash it off in the swimming pool or sweat it off, you have to reapply it.

The Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization is a group of independent physicians who are determined to preserve the choice and the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.


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