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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.


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. 


Community Education

A cancer diagnosis is life-altering for patients, families and caregivers. Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a symposium on how diet and humor can affect your journey.

Joseph F. Gonzales, a Mayo Clinic Health System dietitian, will present "Diet and Cancer." He will discuss how diet and lifestyle can affect the risk of certain cancers. Participants will learn how they can improve their diets to prevent a recurrence.

Brenda Elsagher, keynote speaker, author, certified humor professional and colorectal cancer survivor, will present "Life, Lessons and Laughter." She will help participants see that they are surrounded by humor and laughter that can make them healthier and better able to cope with stress, aggravation and challenging moments. She also will discuss the importance of preventive screenings. Prepare to laugh about things you never imagined.

The cancer symposium is sponsored by the Lloyd and Ardis Peterson Family Foundation.

When you register, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to access the symposium using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.

Click on the link a few minutes before the start of the webinar. Sometimes technical issues can occur when joining a virtual symposium. If you cannot connect using Zoom, you can call the phone number in your confirmation email to listen to the symposium. Calling rates apply.

In The News

Dermatology appointments now offered in Barron, Rice Lake

Patients of all ages can make appointments for comprehensive care and treatment for skin conditions.

August 2, 2021

From The Blog

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11 tips for coping with a cancer diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect can lower your stress level. Use these 11 suggestions to learn more about your diagnosis, and improve resilience and coping skills.

September 16, 2021
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Be sun savvy, protect yourself from skin cancer

UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Let’s explore a few tactics to help protect your skin.

Rebecca Danhof MD By Rebecca Danhof May 20, 2021
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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

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
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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

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