While putting in long, hot miles on your bicycle this summer, you may worry about the possibility of developing skin cancer. We cyclists are not immune. Maybe you slather on sunscreen before jumping on your bike or don a lightweight long-sleeved cycling kit. No matter what you wear to protect yourself, whether it’s cycling clothing or Banana Boat, all cyclists should know the basics of skin cancer prevention and awareness.
Skin cancer, if caught and treated early, is almost always curable. Getting to know your skin and checking it regularly through a monthly self-exam, coupled with a yearly skin exam by a doctor, is the best way to detect the main types of skin cancer, which include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
In this edition of Northside 101, surgical oncologist Dr. Nicole Kounalakis discusses skin cancer and the importance of a self-exam skin check.
Northside 101 is a series of interviews with Northside Hospital’s experts, breaking down complex medical terms and procedures.
Dr. Nicole Kounalakis sees patients at:
Northside Melanoma & Sarcoma Specialists of Georgia
980 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342