Integrative Approach to Skin Cancer

There are two sides of the sun. One risk is getting too little sun. Not enough sun on the human body causes vitamin D deficiencies which have been linked to many types of cancer including breast cancer. We should not villainize the sun. It is part of nature and works in harmony with our bodies to make our cells function properly. If you always wear sunscreen when you go outside, you may be contributing to a vitamin D deficiency. Sunscreen blocks our skin from making vitamin D. Most of my new patients I see are now vitamin D deficient. Too much sunscreen and time indoors may be contributing to this deficiency. The other side of the sun is extreme burns. Burns are very stressful on the body and need to be avoided. Research shows a link between extreme sunburns and melanoma. We need to find a balance. We should enjoy the sun, but be aware of when our skin is turning red. This is your body's message to get into the shade. In addition, you should examine your skin regularly to see if there are any skin lesions. So what should you do if you think you have skin cancer? For people who are interested in skin cancer prevention, here is my skin cancer detection checklist:

  • Getting a yearly skin exam

  • Using the A, B, C, D, E, (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, evolving) guideline when self-examining skin changes.

  • Medically checking any new skin changes (persistent discolorations or growths even if they don’t fit the A, B, C, D, E, pattern).

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and want to take an integrative treatment approach, I recommend this amazing treatment called Photodynamic Endolaser Therapy. We use this therapy on nearly all of our skin cancer patients. This therapy is a non-invasive, non-scarring treatment that uses light sources combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. This procedure is effective in treating Basal Cell Cancer, Squamous Cell, and Actinic Keratosis (sun damage). If you want to make an appointment for this therapy, contact our Patient Services Team at (949) 680-1880 x1 and they will assist you or email them at: Remember, you need to get the right amount of sun, not avoid it entirely.

Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy