What resources can help me educate my patients about rare skin cancers?

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Q: What resources can help me educate my patients about rare skin cancers?

A: The Academy offers new patient education information about three rare skin cancers in Dermatology A to Z. One of the goals of Dermatology A to Z is to educate the public about dermatologists’ expertise.

Information about dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), Merkel cell carcinoma, and sebaceous carcinoma are easily located on AAD.org by clicking on the first letter of the skin condition in the Dermatology A to Z index.

Each of these rare skin cancers is explained in easy-to-understand terms and is illustrated with clinical images. Patients can read as much information as they like in the five-page format, which includes:

  • An introductory page about the condition;
  • Signs and symptoms;
  • Who gets and causes;
  • Diagnosis, treatment and outcome;
  • and tips for managing.

In addition to these rare skin cancers, the Academy offers information about actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma in Dermatology A to Z. The SPOT Skin Cancer™ section on AAD.org offers information about how to perform a skin self-exam. Patients can also share their stories about skin cancer or read stories about those who have been affected by this disease.

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