Your Skin Cancer Questions Answered

For the other types of basal cell carcinoma, you can have a procedure called curettage and dessication -- this is the simplest and often least-expensive treatment. There is often a slightly larger scar from this procedure. The other method is a simple excision where the lesion is removed with a margin of normal skin and sent to the lab for evaluation. I Moh's micrographic surgery is usually reserved for recurrent basal cell carcinoma on the body or on the face.

Question 9: I live with my two children and mother. We are an African-American family and our skin color rages from a light reddish brown to dark brown tone. My family's skin is sensitive. My mother and youngest son, 12, have eczema. Which OTC product would you recommend to provide us with protection from the sun and not to irritate our skin at the same time?

Dr. Day: I would start with sun avoidance where possible -- staying in the shade, wearing hats and clothing with UV protection built in. One brand I like for sensitive skin is Mustela. They make products for sensitive skin, mostly for children but good for adults as well. LaRoche Possay also has products that contain mexoryl which are great for sun protection and they also have a line for sensitive skin that has worked well for my patients with eczema.

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