Tag Archive: Basal Cell Carcinoma

This is a great schematic I came across on Stumbleupon. Really gives a nice overview of sunscreen, exposure, skin cancer, etc. Worth a look as we approach summer.

This is a great post on the Personal Care Truth or Scare website concerning the EWG. I’ve touched on the EWG and their special interests in previous blog posts, but thought this one was worth adding….. View full article »

Here is a good overview on sunscreen from a very good website. It doesn’t get in to great detail but does a good job of answering some of those general questions most of us have about sunscreen……

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Check out our friends at the Sun Safe-Tee Program out in Southern California! SolarAegis is a proud sponsor! Mark Wishner and his organization are doing tons to raise awareness about sun health and sun protection for our youth as they embark into the wonderful world of golf! Visit their website to learn more at www.sunsafetee.org. Also, see the video below with some of the PGA’s supporters of the SunSafeTee Program!

SunSafeTee and the PGA

It’s that time of year again to remind ourselves to lather up when we go outside. Summer isn’t even here and we are already seeing high UV indices during the day. Lets take a moment to review some sun-safety guidelines as we prepare to enjoy the outdoors.

> Wear sunscreen everyday. SPF 15, or higher is fine for regular, daily use and make sure it is broad spectrum (UVA/UVB). For extended time in the sun, SPF 30 is a better option. Remember that SPF is the law of diminishing returns. No need to pay more for higher SPF’s because you’re really not getting much better protection. See my March 2010 post on same topic. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every two hours thereafter. More frequent if participating in intense physical activity, swimming and/or sweating.

> Make sure you use 1-2 shot glass amounts when applying sunscreen. More is always better than less.

> Avoid the sun, when possible, between 10:00am and 4:00pm when UV intensity is the highest.

>Wear sunglasses,  a hat, long sleeves and long pants, when possible, to minimize exposure.

> Don’t allow yourself to burn.

> Stay out of tanning beds!! They are bad!!!

> Examine your skin for changes, at least monthly.

> Visit a dermatologist annually for a skin exam.

Have fun this summer and stay protected. Check back regularly to the SolarAegis site for additional information on sun health and to check out our products!

We launched SolarAegis All-Natural Sunscreen into the market in January 2010. The goal for the first year was to get SolarAegis into a major, national retail chain and to launch our children’s product, Baby Elephant. Although I’ve been pleased with our overall progress the failure to complete these two key objectives was disappointing. Dealing with large corporations takes time and it would have been a tremendous accomplishment to get this done in the first year. We will continue our efforts in 2011 and think our chances for national market penetration will improve in year two. Baby Elephant continues to wait in the wings and was not launched primarily due to my waffling over minor details. This frustrated me because it’s not my typical M.O. and I plan to be more decisive on this line in 2011. I’m currently reviewing several strategies, with a couple of different entities, and will be moving on this product in Q1.

I felt good about the regional awareness SolarAegis attained during 2010. We are selling the product through several local businesses in Naples and I appreciate the support from the owners at Natures Garden, The Bike Route, Naples Soap Company and the staff at The Naples Botanical Garden. Sandy Feldblum has done a fabulous job repping the product through her beauty business and at a local market and seems to have a loyal following. Many thanks to these folks for your business in 2010. It’s much appreciated and we look forward to growing with you in 2011.

We were able to modestly expand our reach outside of southwest Florida with online sales through OverallBeauty.com and Upurea.com. We also did some business with the Myrtle Beach Soap Company in Myrtle Beach, SC. and Aesthe in Los Angeles. Our biggest surprise, however, was shipments into South Korea. It was exciting to have our first international sales and we appreciate the work of Coseco for the loyal following in South Korea. We continue to focus on penetrating the Brazilian market, with the help of Hague Technologies, in an effort to offset the seasonality of the business. Brazil is an exciting, developing economy with growing sun health awareness. Our ongoing challenge remains finalizing government approval so we can begin regular sales.

SolarAegis remains an infant company and the risks are still very high, but we look forward to a great 2011 and want to thank all of the customers that have been so supportive in our first year. See you in 2011!!

Interesting study, but they don’t mention which antioxidants were used. We are using Vitamin E in SolarAegis which is a common antioxidant and very effective at managing free-radical generation in the skin. Good news none the less…


This looks like I got shot between the eyes. This basal cell lesion was so small, I had to bring it to the attention of the doctor because it got missed in a regular exam. The diameter might have been the size of this>>>>> 0   Pretty small, no? Hard to believe they have to take so much tissue, but even with this one, they didn’t get it all on the first cut and had to go back in for more. I know this stuff is graphic but the idea is to convince you kids that you need to be wearing your sunscreen! WEAR SUNSCREEN!

I need this like I need a hole in my head.....

A week too late for Halloween.....

For those of you who don’t get enough shock value out of this, email me and I will send you the full size versions of the pictures. You might just skip a meal.

Yesterday I had two squamous cell lesions and one basal cell lesion excised via Mohs surgery. We hear about the growing skin cancer rate in the U.S. and we talk a lot about prevention, but I wanted to share one of the paths to treating skin cancer and the effect it has physically. Fortunately, my chronic experiences with skin cancer have been limited to basal and squamous cell, the two forms with the highest cure/survival rate. I can only tap the experiences of others to discuss the toll of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the devastating impact its had with its victims and their families. Because I don’t have first hand knowledge with melanoma (and hope I never do) I will not discuss this form of cancer because I could never do the topic justice and it’s much too complex for a simple blog post.

Mohs surgery is one of the most effective forms of treatment for basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The primary characteristic that differentiates these two cancers from melanoma (other than the types of abnormal cells involved) is that they tend to grow laterally on the skin rather than vertically. The  vertical growth of melanoma promotes its ability to quickly metastasize to other areas of the body thus making it much deadlier. The relative upside to basal and squamous cell is they metastasize much slower than melanoma, but the ultimate downside is they can be very disfiguring when excised. The size of the excision site and the resulting cosmetic impact is obviously related to the size of the lesion at the time of treatment. The longer a lesion “grows” the more it spreads over the surface of the skin laterally.

Mohs surgery is the process of cutting away the upper portion of the lesion and evaluating the tissue (under the microscope) to see if all of the cancer cells have been removed. If so, the wound site can be closed and the cancer is “cured”. If cancer cells remain, the site can be mapped and more tissue can be removed (usually at a deeper level) until the field is cleared of cancerous cells. The tissue evaluation process can be repeated several times, if necessary, to assure all cancer is removed. The result is a high cure rate, but the treatment can be disfiguring due to the amount of tissue that may have to be removed.

I took some pictures during my surgery yesterday, both before and after, to give you an idea of the magnitude of the procedure. Please excuse the graphic nature, but I hope the shock value can be useful in motivating people to wear sunscreen and to understand how invasive skin cancer treatment can sometimes be. This is certainly a treatment that is avoidable simply by protecting yourself from the sun and preventing skin cancer altogether.