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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.

May

Support Groups
Fairmont, MN

Join us for compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

Support Groups
Mankato, MN

Join this virtual class for compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

You will receive a link via email to the virtual class about one week prior to the event. 

In The News

Summer Series: Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James offers skin cancer prevention tips

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us will be enjoying more time outdoors this summer season, and when you’re out having fun, it’s easy to forget to ...

June 29, 2020
Mayo Clinic announces $5 million gift to La Crosse cancer center

Expanded cancer center will allow Mayo Clinic to meet the region’s current patient demand and allow for future growth.

March 5, 2019

From The Blog

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The emotional side of cancer: 7 tips

Cancer can affect more than physical health. The emotional side can affect the ability to cope and stick to a treatment plan. Get 7 tips on how to improve your emotional well-being as a cancer patient or caregiver.

Sharon Dexheimer LICSW By Sharon Dexheimer September 11, 2020
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5 simple steps to help prevent skin cancer

Spring and summer are exciting seasons, but your skin’s exposure to the sun increases. You have a greater risk of skin damage, including development of skin cancer. The good news? Most skin cancers are preventable.

July 3, 2020
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The ABCDEs of moles

Learning your ABCs the first time helped you read. Now, they could save your life by alerting you to changes in moles that could signal melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer.

June 25, 2020
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Living in fear: Cancer recurrence

Some fear of cancer recurrence is normal, but excessive fear can lead to decreased quality of life. Here's how you can manage your fear.

Kaye Holt, N.P. By Kaye Holt August 19, 2019
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Scalp cooling therapy prevents hair loss during chemotherapy

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy which can greatly contribute to your stress and anxiety. However, a new treatment called scalp cooling therapy is helping many patients keep most of their hair.

Amrit Singh MD By Amrit Singh June 26, 2019
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The importance of a cancer survivorship care plan

Cancer care doesn’t end just because treatment is done. Life doesn’t immediately go back to normal because you are done with radiation or chemotherapy. It's important to address the needs of cancer survivors with a survivorship care plan.

June 6, 2018
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The Survivor Bell

Jane-Marie Bahr shares her personal experience of her last day of radiation treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

April 27, 2017
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The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience

David Asp learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, he knew little about melanoma and skin cancer, but learned a great deal since then and wanted to share his journey.

May 24, 2016
Sandra Klein

Living with a melanoma diagnosis

Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It’s real. It’s cancer. And left untreated, will kill you. I was diagnosed with skin cancer July 16, 2012. When I spotted an odd looking mole just below my right ribcage, my heart sunk. I knew about the dangers of melanoma, but I still was not ready to hear the words, “I’m sorry, but it’s cancer. It’s melanoma.”  

May 16, 2016
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Sunburn treatment: What works?

Unfortunately, there's no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal. However, you can ease your discomfort with a few simple steps.

Trent Anderson DO By Trent Anderson July 6, 2015
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What to do about dry skin

Dry skin is can be temporary — for example you might only suffer from it during the winter months — but for some it can be a lifelong condition. Although skin is often driest on your hands, arms and lower legs, this varies from person to person. What's more, signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, your health, where you live, time spent outdoors and the cause of the problem.

Megan Johnston FlandersMD By Megan Johnston Flanders February 27, 2015
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Myth or Fact: Coconut oil is an effective sunscreen

Maybe people look for natural substances to help with protection against the sun. Here's the lowdown on whether coconut oil truly is an effective sunscreen.

Melanie Dixon MD By Melanie Dixon July 22, 2013