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.

Skin Tags vs. Skin Cancer

Skin tags are not cancerous, and skin cancer is not usually mistakenly identified as a harmless skin tag. However, it is possible to mistake a cancerous growth for a harmless skin tag, so it’s important to be able to distinguish skin tags vs. skin cancer and respond accordingly. We’ve laid out everything you need to…Read More

How to Treat a Sunburn

The moment you notice sunburn is when you should begin treating it. According to the CDC, the symptoms of sunburn usually begin around 4 hours after exposure, worsen within 24-36 hours, and resolve within 3-5 days. You’ll likely notice symptoms like red, warm, and tender skin, swelling, and blistering. Other symptoms, such as headache, fever,…Read More

Eczema vs. Skin Cancer

Eczema can sometimes be confused with skin cancer, because of the symptoms associated with the condition. Scaly patches, blisters, and other symptoms can alarm people with eczema, especially if these symptoms appear later in life. Only a dermatologist can be sure if you’re dealing with eczema or skin cancer. Keeping up with routine skin cancer…Read More

What’s the Difference Between Dermatologist-Tested & Dermatologist-Approved?

We’ve all seen skincare products with “dermatologist-tested” and “dermatologist-approved” written on the packaging. But, what do they mean, and do they carry any weight? Both terms mean different things. However, it’s important to keep in mind that neither label is regulated or has a formal legal definition. Below, you can learn more about what both…Read More

Facts & Myths About Tanning & Risks of Skin Cancer

Is tanning good for you? No, there is no safe method of tanning that’s good for your body. While a tan is often associated with a healthy appearance, tanning is anything but healthy. Whether you’re tanning outside or in a tanning bed, tanning causes damage to your skin and increases your risk of developing skin…Read More

Does Sunburn Cause Skin Cancer?

First, let’s answer the question, “What is sunburn?” Ultraviolet radiation damages the skin’s outermost layers, and sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to that damage. Sunburn ranges from mild to severe. That said, does sunburn cause skin cancer? Yes. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is a leading cause of skin cancer, as well as…Read More

Can Smoking Cause Skin Cancer?

Smoking cigarettes is linked to multiple types of precancer and cancer throughout the body, but you might wonder, “Can smoking cause skin cancer?” Smoking can increase the risk of developing skin cancer and many other serious health conditions. Read on to learn more about the link between smoking and skin cancer, and the damaging effects…Read More

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Can Gel Manicures Cause Skin Cancer?

UV light is the primary cause of skin cancer, and gel nails are cured using small lamps that emit UV light. For this reason, many people wonder about the link between gel manicures and skin cancer—however, at the time of this writing, no such link has been proven. Although the light emitted by nail lamps…Read More

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States with the Highest Skin Cancer Rates

In the U.S., skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in men and women, and certain states are at higher risk — and they’re probably the states you’d least expect. Florida, California, and Texas might spring to your mind as being the states that could have the highest skin cancer rates, based on…Read More

How to Read a UV Index Map

The National Weather Association provides a UV Index forecast for most of the regions across the United States. Simply input your zip code, and you can view the hourly and daily UV Index forecast for your area. In addition to the UV Index scale, you can also reference UV Index maps, which show the different…Read More

Winter Sun Safety Tips

When you’re bundled up for some fun in the snow, the thought of possibly getting a sunburn probably doesn’t cross your mind. The fact is that UV rays are still a cause for concern, even during the year’s coldest months. The good news is that you can still enjoy your favorite outdoor winter activities and…Read More

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How to Apply Sunscreen & How Often to Reapply

When used regularly, sunscreen can help lower the risk of skin cancer, as well as sunburn and premature aging. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen whenever you’re planning to go outside. Even when the weather’s cloudy, we’re still exposed to up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation. Your skin can still be damaged when it’s…Read More

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