HEALTHIER AGING: Taking a closer look for skin cancer
Mary C. Smith RN, MSN

October 2008 
Volume 38  Number 10
Pages 58 - 60
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Smith, Mary C. RN, MSN

Issue: Volume 38(10), October 2008, p 58–60 Publication Type: [Department: … & more: HEALTHIER AGING: Caring for older adults] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Mary C. Smith is a clinical nurse-manager in the department of dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

AS OUR PATIENTS AGE, their skin goes through many changes. Older patients are more likely to develop benign growths such as seborrheic keratoses, solar lentigines, and cherry angiomas. 1 Other changes, such as skin precancers and cancers, need a closer look.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. 2 In this article, I'll alert you to signs of skin lesions that warrant referral to a dermatologist.

Who's at risk?

A person of any age can have skin cancer. But because the cumulative effect of sun exposure contributes to the incidence of some skin cancers, the risk of developing skin cancer increases with age. ...

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