If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer you may be one of the millions of patients who seek support and information on the Internet. In addition to your doctor’s medical guidance, internet resources can provide much needed assistance in walking you through the process of how skin cancer is diagnosed to how it may be treated. The Internet can also provide an instant way to communicate with other patients who dealing with skin cancer. Some of the best support comes from people who share your experience of trying to cope with a skin cancer diagnosis. In this post I am going to highlight some of the information and support you may find on Skin Cancer Connection as well as give you a list of additional on-line skin cancer resources.
One of the great things about the Skin Cancer Connection community is the support you will find among members. One of the most popular posts here was an article written by our Dr. Kevin Berman about Mohs surgery. Although it was posted over three years ago, the number of comments from members continues to grow. The number of comments has reached over 200 with many replies to help members who are dealing with the aftermath of skin cancer surgery. Some members such as Gemma continue to come back on a regular basis to discuss how she is healing from her surgery in hopes that it will help other skin cancer patients.
The diagnosis of skin cancer can be extremely difficult to deal with and for some depression can become a co-morbid condition. I would strongly urge you to reach out here to both give and gain emotional support for dealing with your skin cancer. You are not alone and connecting to other patients can help.
In addition to support, Skin Cancer Connection is also able to provide many articles and shareposts on a wide variety of skin cancer topics.
Here is just a sample of the information you may find here.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Skin Cancer Prevention and Your Medicine Cabinet
- Want to Prevent Skin Cancer? Stop Doing These Three Things
- Five Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin from Skin Cancer
Melanoma Skin Cancer
Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- What You Need to Know about Mohs Surgery
- Mohs Surgery: What to Expect During the Procedure
The Healing Process after Mohs Surgery
Questions to ask Your Doctor about Mohs Surgery
What it is Like to Have Mohs Surgery
- Mohs Surgery: What will the Scars Look Like?
Additional on-line Skin Cancer Resources
The following resources can be extremely helpful to patients to find a wide variety of information about skin cancer.
• American Academy of Dermatology www.aad.org This organization has a membership of over 16,000 and represents all practicing dermatologists in the United States. The site is very useful for patients who wish to find a dermatologist or a free skin cancer screening.
- Skin Cancer Prevention and Your Medicine Cabinet
• American Cancer Society www.cancer.org This on-line resource has thousands of articles about skin cancer from topics ranging from Stories of Hope from melanoma survivors to the latest research and treatments for skin cancer.
• American Society for Clinical Oncology www.asco.org Here you will find a large comprehensive list of the latest scientific research abstracts on skin cancer.
• Melanoma Research Foundation The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is reported to be the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. One of the main draws for melanoma patients is this site’s Melanoma Patient Information Page. Here they have a bulletin board for patients to connect with each other and gain support. They also have an “off-topic forum” to talk about everyday life outside of discussions of cancer and a chatroom.
• National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov This organization has a comprehensive list of articles and information about all the skin cancers and especially melanoma. They provide statistics about skin cancer such as incidence and mortality as well as survival by stage of cancer. Here you will also find information about the latest clinical trials to study melanoma and other skin cancers.
• The Skin Cancer Foundation www.skincancer.org The Skin Cancer Foundation was created in 1979 and its mission is to educate the public and the medical profession about skin cancer. This site presents the latest research on skin cancer treatment and prevention.
Update August 8, 2011
Published On: August 08, 2011