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.

Side view of senior man after MOHS surgery

Post Mohs Surgery Scar Treatment

Experience with Mohs surgery varies from individual to individual, but some common side effects include pain, bleeding, and scarring. If you’re concerned about the scar after the reconstruction of the affected area– especially on visible areas like the face, then you would want to know how you can dull the appearance as much as possible….Read More

Can You Get Skin Cancer from Drawing On Yourself?

Have you ever drawn on yourself with a marker or written a note on your skin when you didn’t have a piece of paper on hand? Most people have done so at least once or twice—but can you get skin cancer from drawing on yourself? It’s highly unlikely. Although inks may contain solvents that can…Read More

person parting hair line

Encouraging Hair Growth After Radiotherapy

Does hair grow back after radiotherapy? Yes—but we know that for many people who have undergone this treatment, regrowth can’t start soon enough. In what follows, we cover some of the common questions that arise regarding hair loss and hair growth in the months during and after treatment, as well as what can be done…Read More

Is Skin Cancer Hereditary?

Yes, skin cancer can be hereditary. Although the presence of skin cancer in a parent or grandparent is not a perfect predictor of that same disease’s occurrence in a younger generation, a variety of factors put the children of those with skin cancer at a greater risk for the disease. Some of these factors are…Read More

Young Woman Looking At Sun Drawn On Her Back With Suntan Lotion

Choosing the Right Type of Sunscreen

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right sunscreen for your needs. While there are two main types of sunscreen—chemical and physical—your work won’t end once you’ve chosen one or the other. Although every person can lower their risk of skin cancer by wearing sun protection on a daily basis, your habits and…Read More

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Does Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer?

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is a primary cause of skin cancer, and daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen is one of the best defenses against ultraviolet light. So, does sunscreen prevent skin cancer? Although there are no 100% guarantees, virtually all experts agree that the daily use of sunscreen significantly lowers one’s risk of…Read More

Is Skin Cancer Itchy?

Skin cancers can be accompanied by a wide range of symptoms, but is skin cancer itchy? A rash that itches could be cancer, but itching could also result from other conditions, including dry skin, eczema, or contact dermatitis. In other words, the questions “Can skin cancer itch?” and “Does skin cancer itch?” have different answers:…Read More

How Does Skin Cancer Affect Daily Life?

Many cancerous tumors do not cause any abnormal feelings before they start to spread, but that certainly doesn’t mean that living with skin cancer is easy. Skin cancer can be deadly, and the sooner you can secure treatment, the better. More or less aggressive skin cancers can have varying effects on a patient’s quality of…Read More

When Was Skin Cancer First Discovered?

Skin cancer was discovered in 1804 by the French doctor Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec, who gave his first lecture on melanoma while he was still a student. In 1827, Arthur Jacob discovered the tumor that would come to be known as basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma in situ, also known as Bowen’s disease, was…Read More

Cysts vs. Skin Cancer

Can cysts be cancerous? Are they dangerous? What’s the difference between cysts vs. tumors? Cysts are normally benign, but they may derive from deeper issues (including certain types of cancer) or become uncomfortable as they grow. Tumors may also be benign, but if a malignant tumor progresses into skin cancer, it should always be treated…Read More

Can Skin Cancer Appear as a Rash?

Melanoma—the most dangerous kind of skin cancer—usually looks like a mole, not a rash. However, skin cancer can appear as a rash if you’re dealing with a common type of skin cancer. Although neither basal cell skin cancer nor squamous cell skin cancer will appear as a rash 100% of the time, either type of…Read More

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like on the Skin of People of Color?

The appearance of skin cancer on people of color will vary depending on the type of skin cancer under discussion, since common varieties like melanoma, basal cell skin cancer, and squamous cell skin cancer all look different. Ultimately, the visual signs of skin cancer on darker skin tones are not too different from those that…Read More

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