Sebaceous carcinoma: Tips for managing

                older couple with doctor Sebaceous carcinoma is an aggressive skin cancer, so it’s important to keep all of your follow-up appointments.

If you’ve been treated for sebaceous carcinoma (SC), dermatologists recommend the following:

  1. Keep all follow-up appointments with your doctors. SC is an aggressive skin cancer. It can return after treatment.
    Follow-up visits can help find this skin cancer in its earliest stage. The sooner the cancer is found and treated the better the outcome.
  2. Perform skin self-exams as often as your dermatologist recommends. If you have received treatment for SC, it is essential that you learn how to perform a skin self-exam.Your dermatologist or someone in your dermatologist’s office can teach you exactly what you need to know, including how to examine your eyelids and certain lymph nodes.

  3. Contact your dermatologist immediately if you:
    • See a growth or swelling on an eyelid.
    • Find any new growth or rough patch on your skin.
    • Feel a change in a lymph node.

  4. Protect your skin from the sun. If you have had SC, sun protection can be helpful. The sun’s rays can weaken our immune system. Sun exposure also increases your risk of developing other types of skin cancer.

    You will find general sun-protection tips at: How do I prevent skin cancer?

  5. Ask your doctors what else you can do to improve your outcome. A patient’s needs can be unique. Be sure to ask your doctors what could help you.

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