Keeping Close Watch Can Catch Skin Cancer Early


Using only local anesthetic to numb Bathgate's cheek, Aasi was able to remove Bathgate's melanoma and repair the wound, leaving a barely perceptible scar.

A friend told Bathgate: "You really need to tell people about this because we're out in the sun and should know that can happen to any one of us."

We're not asking people to get on a treadmill or not eat their favorite foods. We're just recommending that people treat sunscreen like brushing their teeth or using deodorant.

-Sumaira Aasi, MD, Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Skin cancer is one of those things that you hear about happening but don't think about it happening to you.

-Kelly Bathgate, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Since her melanoma diagnosis, Bathgate has made some changes in her routine. She's using SPF 45 or 50 sunscreen instead of the 15 or 25 she once did. "I'm definitely putting it on every single time I leave my house," she said, "not just on my face, but on all exposed skin."