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HEALTH: Study says five sunburns before age of 20 increases chance of skin cancer by 80%
It's that time of year where you spend a lot time outside but before you do that you might want to see this next story.
It's how doctors have to remove skin cancer even if it's not life threatening.
Think about this as you soak up the sun this summer -- especially if you have young children.
A report just released , from the American Association of Cancer Research says as few as five blistering sunburns before age 20 can up the odds of the most deadly form of skin cancer -- or melanoma -- by up to 80 %
Nanette Bentley says she's proof -- this may be true:
Nanette Bentley/ Skin Cancer Patient] I grew up in southern California, and I am of that age we just didn't have an awareness of the sun and the dangers of that time,, and I burned plenty.
Luckily her's turned out not to be the deadly kind. It's what's known as a Basal Cell Carcinoma, more of a surface skin cancer that doesn't usually penetrate the ski and go to other organs but Doctor Emily Fisher says it's still important to remove it:
Dr. Emily Fisher/ MOHS Surgeon] I've seen some basal cells take off someone's ear completely, take over their nose completely, so that' of course the worse case scenario.
Nanette let us in on her skin cancer removal procedure-- to remind all of us about the importance of sun protection, and that you need to have suspicious moles checked out. That's how she found her cancer:
Nanette Bentley/ Patient I felt a little bump on the side of my nose, and it didn't' go away.
After tests confirmed it was skin cancer Nanette consulted Doctor Emily Fisher. She specializes in what's called a MOH's procedure to remove it. The procedure is named after the doctor that discovered it:
Dr. Emily Fisher/MOHS Surgeon It's a type of procedure used to treat primarily non-melanoma types of skin cancer.
Here's how it works
Nanette stays awake through the whole procedure. The area is numbed with an injection and then the first layer of cells are removed
Those cells are then taken to the lab right next to her procedure room -because she is in what's called a MOH's Surgery Center.
They are then put on a slide so Doctor Fisher can then examine them under a microscope.
I am looking for any remnants of skin cancer that are still left, it could be a few cells, it could be a great majority of the cells that are still positive for skin cancer, but it all tells me under the microscope what' still there.
Liz Bonis What makes this procedure unique however is that they continue to do that until they get all of those cells removed,, and they can see that in the laboratory,, it is important then for the patient to know that all of those cells have been removed and the cure rate is higher than 99 percent.
The great thing about this is that because we map it, I can go just where the skin cancer is still positive,, so I don't need to take any tissue un-necessarily.
Nanette had hers all removed -first take, so the area was then repaired and few stitches were put in until it heals.
The great thing about this is that when the patient leaves the skin cancer is gone
Gone, but not forgotten Nannette Bentley says
I am happy it's something treatable, and not something more serious, I feel lucky.
So lucky, she no longer goes anywhere without sunscreen.
The most important time to use that sunscreen - between the hours of ten am and three pm .
You need an SPF of at least 15.
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