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.

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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

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

Skin Cancer or Eczema

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 skin cancer or eczema.  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

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