GentleCure Blog

Welcome to the GentleCure Blog

Thank you for visiting our blog. If you’re looking for information on skin cancer types, skin cancer statistics, general skin cancer facts, sun safety tips, and more information you can trust, you’ve come to the right place. At GentleCure, we are on a mission to empower non-melanoma skin cancer patients to be educated, active participants in their treatment decisions, and providing a breadth of skin cancer and treatment knowledge to you is just one of the ways we can achieve that goal. Learn more about the types of posts you can expect to find on our blog below, then find out how to get in touch with us if you would like to talk one-on-one with a skin cancer information specialist.

What topics are covered in our blog?

Current and upcoming blog posts from GentleCure will cover everything from basic skin cancer facts and skin cancer statistics to more specific information regarding non-melanoma skin cancers like Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma. Patients will find answers they can trust to questions like:

  • What is non-melanoma skin cancer?
  • What are the Basal cell carcinoma symptoms and Squamous cell carcinoma symptoms?
  • What causes Squamous cell carcinoma and Basal cell carcinoma?
  • Is Squamous cell carcinoma deadly? / Is Basal cell carcinoma deadly? What are their survival rates?
  • How to treat Squamous cell carcinoma or Basal cell carcinoma?

In addition to skin cancer facts and skin cancer statistics, non-melanoma skin cancer patients who are considering Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) as a non-invasive treatment option can find helpful information about how IG-SRT works, what to expect during treatment, how IG-SRT compares to Mohs surgery, and much more on our blog. While past experiences with skin cancer treatment may have left you feeling in the dark and unsure of your options, GentleCure is proud to offer a refreshing approach to non-melanoma skin cancer treatment by providing in-depth answers to all of our patients’ questions.

What You Should Look for in a Derma-Oncologist

Receiving a skin cancer diagnosis can be an emotionally harrowing experience. As a patient, you deserve a healthcare professional you can look to for answers, guidance, and treatment. Your derma-oncologist should be professional, experienced, and informative — but not forceful — when it comes to your treatment options. Their compassion, courtesy, and knowledge should help…Read More

Visual Side Effects of Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (Image-Guided SRT)

Radiotherapy won’t make you glow (contrary to some misleading information), but there are some physical and visual side effects people with skin cancer should be aware of before pursuing it as a treatment option. Usually, the side effects are limited to the area where treatment was given. What are the visual side effects of superficial…Read More

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Can Cosmetics Cause Skin Cancer?

First, let’s answer the question: What are cosmetics? According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cosmetics are legally defined as, “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body… for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” This is a broad spectrum…Read More

What Does Skin Cancer Do?

Even if you’re familiar with the risks and outcomes associated with skin cancer, you might still wonder, what does skin cancer do? Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the epidermis—the skin’s outer layer. It will eventually form malignant tumors, and may spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.  How…Read More

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Not All Radiation Treatments Are the Same

Radiation is used to treat many different types of cancer. It kills cancer cells or slows their growth by damaging their DNA, causing them to stop growing and die. While all radiation treatments kill cancer in the same way, there are many other differences. Different radiation treatments come with different side effects, risks, and cure…Read More

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Skin Cancer Radiation Treatment: You Have Options

There are many different ways to treat skin cancer, including surgery, radiation, and topical therapies. One of the most common treatments is Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery has been the standard treatment for skin cancer for many years. During surgery, the skin cancer is cut out of the skin, causing a painful wound and leaving a…Read More

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Fact Check #1: Key Stats About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. When caught early, it is highly treatable. Learning some key facts about skin cancer can make all the difference in beating it. The more…Read More

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Fact Check #2: Radiation From the Sun—Not Treatment—Causes Skin Cancer

Some people worry that the radiation used to treat skin cancer can actually cause cancer. This concern is common when people who have had one skin cancer get diagnosed with another. The new cancer is often mistaken for the old cancer coming back. While it is true that radiation causes skin cancer, the new cancer…Read More

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Fact Check #3: Radiation Will Not Make You Glow

The idea of getting radiation to treat skin cancer can be scary. Add to that the amount of misleading information that you might hear about radiation, and it’s no wonder you may have concerns. For many people, the best way to overcome these fears is to learn all you can about your skin cancer treatment…Read More

Skin Cancer Research

Skin cancer treatment is ever-expanding. Treatments like targeted therapy, immunotherapies, surgery, and surgery-free Image-Guided SRT (for common skin cancers) have proven to be effective methods. However, the work isn’t done — there’s still more for researchers to explore and test in an effort to make skin cancer treatment methods even more successful. Keep reading to learn…Read More

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What Are the Most Common Places to Get Skin Cancer?

The most common places to get skin cancer are those areas that regularly see high levels of ultraviolet light exposure, including the scalp, face, nose, and ears—but skin cancer can appear in other less exposed areas, especially if you have highly pigmented skin. This is true for melanoma, as well as for basal cell skin…Read More

Can Tattoos Cause Skin Cancer?

Can tattoos cause skin cancer? No, tattoos don’t cause skin cancer. Tattoos became more mainstream in the 1970s, but they’ve been around for much longer. Dermatologists have been examining and treating patients with tattoos for many years, and there is no discernible connection between tattoos and skin cancer. There’s also no connection between tattoos and…Read More

For more information on skin cancer treatment options, speak with a Skin Cancer Information Specialist today.