Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer that requires not only professional treatment but also diligent self-care post-recovery. This blog outlines daily strategies for managing your skin health after SCC treatment, emphasizing prevention and early detection.

Daily Sun Protection

The Importance of Sunscreen

Sun protection is crucial in preventing SCC recurrence. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Protective Clothing and Accessories

Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats, to shield your skin from UV radiation. Consider clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) label for added protection.

Regular Skin Examinations


Regular self-examinations can help you detect early signs of SCC. Check your entire skin monthly for any new or changing lesions, and familiarize yourself with the patterns of moles, blemishes, and freckles.

Professional Check-Ups

Schedule routine check-ups with your dermatologist, ideally every 6 to 12 months. These visits are essential for early detection and management of any potential recurrences or new skin issues.

Lifestyle Modifications

Avoiding Tanning Beds

Steer clear of tanning beds, as they significantly increase the risk of SCC by emitting harmful UV radiation. Embrace your natural skin tone to reduce your cancer risk.

Nutrition and Supplements

While some studies suggest vitamins might play a role in cancer prevention, it’s important to focus on a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.

Extra Care for Organ Transplant Recipients

If you are an organ transplant recipient, you have a higher risk of developing SCC and should pay extra attention to preventative measures and examinations. Work closely with your healthcare team to manage your risk and ensure regular skin evaluations.

Partnering with Reno Tahoe Dermatology for Ongoing SCC Management

Managing squamous cell carcinoma extends beyond initial treatment; it’s about embracing an ongoing prevention and monitoring plan. Reno Tahoe Dermatology is dedicated to guiding you through each step of your post-treatment journey, ensuring you maintain healthy, resilient skin. Stay connected with us for continuous support and expert care in managing your skin health effectively. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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