If you have (or have had) skin cancer, you probably want to know if there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back, or getting another cancer.
People who have had skin cancer have an increased risk of developing other skin cancer. Because of this, it's important to limit your exposure to UV rays (from the sun or tanning beds (see How do I protect myself from ultraviolet (UV) rays? ) How to Use Derma Correct And examine your skin every month to identify signs of possible new skin cancers. It is also important to see a doctor regularly for skin exams Skin cancers that are found early are usually easier to treat than those that are found later in life.
Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of squamous cell skin cancer, as well as many other types of cancer. If you smoke and are considering quitting , call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for information and support.
Adopting other healthy lifestyles, such as quitting smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight may help, although no one is sure of this. However, we do know that these types of changes can have positive effects on your health, including a reduced risk of many other cancers, as well as other diseases.
If the cancer comes back
If the cancer does come back at some point, your treatment options will depend on where the cancer is and what treatments you've had before. If the cancer comes back only on the skin, options may include surgery, radiation therapy, or other types of local treatments. If the cancer comes back in another part of the body, other treatments may be needed, such as targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy. For more general information on dealing with recurrence, see our Cancer Recurrence section .
How to move on after skin cancer
It is normal to feel some degree of depression, anxiety, or worry after a cancer diagnosis. Some people are affected more than others. However, everyone can benefit from the help and support of others, be it friends and family, religious groups, support groups, professional counselors, among others.