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Skin Cancer of the Ears & Nose: Prevention, Screening, and Treatment

Wearing sun screen and protective gear anytime you are exposed to sun is important to preventing skin damage and skin cancer.

The ears and nose are both susceptible to sunburn and contracting skin cancer due to the fact that they protrude from the head and are often overlooked while applying sun screen. Though people with fair skin that burns easily are more at risk for developing skin cancer, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Regardless of your skin tone, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin from overexposure. Protecting your skin from extensive sun exposure can also help prevent wrinkles, sunspots, and uneven skin tone.

To Protect Your Ears & Nose

  • Limit direct sunlight during the hours of 10am and 4pm when the UV rays are strongest.
  • Monitor the UV index to prevent overexposure on days when the Index is moderate or higher.
  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF on any exposed ear or nose skin, and don’t forget to re-apply at least every 2 hours. The effectiveness of sunscreen depends on the SPF, which is the sun protection factor, and Dr. Kleiman recommends at least 30 SPF. Broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear clothing and other protective gear, like a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, to increase sun protection and decrease potential damage.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are different types of skin cancer that have different warning signs and will look differently on your skin.

  • Melanoma. Melanoma often resembles moles and are usually black or brown. Asymmetry, an uneven border, and having a variety of colors are signs that a mole is malignant Melanoma. It is the most common form of cancer in people ages 25 – 29, but people of all ages should check their skin each month to detect abnormalities early on.
  • Basic Cell Carcinoma. Basic Cell Carcinoma is the most frequently occurring type of skin cancer, and almost half of Americans will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once by the age of 65. This type of skin cancer typically looks like sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or a scar.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The warning signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma are a thick, rough, scaly patch that will bleed if irritated. It can also look like an open sore or a wart.

An odd looking mole might just seem like an abnormality to some people, but it can be a sign of something much more serious. Dermatologists are the only ones who can tell if a mole is cancerous, so be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kleiman if you notice a discolored mole.

Skin Cancer Treatment

Dr. Kleiman will do a skin cancer screening during an exam to identify any moles or lesions that may be skin cancer. If skin cancer is confirmed, she can perform surgery to remove and treat it.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS WE ARE NOW OFFERING TELEHEALTH AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO IN-OFFICE VISITS. CALL US AT (410) 544-9988 FOR MORE INFORMATION

HEALTH ALERT:  COVID-19 (Novel 2019 Corona virus)

Attention:  Severn River ENT does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.  Please contact your primary care doctor, if you have concerns or questions about being tested.

1)  If you or your loved one is experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever or other flu-like symptoms, and you already have a scheduled appointment with us, we are asking you to please call us instead of coming into the office. A medical professional will triage you over the phone, and determine the appropriate course of action.

2)  If you are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart or lung disease, cancer, compromised immunity, we strongly encourage you to consider rescheduling your non-essential appointments for at least 10-12 weeks out.

3)  Please be assured that we are closely following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Maryland guidelines during this evolving COVID-19 crisis, and taking every precaution to protect the health of our patients and staff. 

4)Please go to the following websites for the latest updates:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://living.aahs.org/news/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
https://www.umms.org/bwmc/patients-visitors/coronavirus

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and remember to wash your hands frequently, and limit your social contacts in these ensuing weeks, as much as possible, in order to slow the spread of the virus in our community.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thank you,
Dr. Kleiman and the medical team 
Severn River ENT

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