Hi, I’m Wendy, Laboratory Manager and Surgical Coordinator at Doctor’s Approach Dermatology and I have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
I was a sun worshiper for years, using all the classic things that I hear so many patients tell me every day, things like baby oil, iodine, sunlamps and of course tanning beds. And who hasn’t heard “A good burn turns into a great tan?” Back then sunscreen was really only used when your family went to the beach for the day. Mom would be sure to slather it on but usually only once. We would be too busy playing in the sun and often didn’t even realize we were burned until we got home.
We didn’t have video games, computers or cellphones, so we played outside, usually from morning until the street lights came on. So with all this knowledge I have now I knew it would be a miracle if I wasn’t diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in my life. Recently I had my very first full body exam and four lesions were required to be removed. About two weeks later the doctor came into my office and said “I have a positive pathology report to talk to you about”, because of my position at Doctor’s Approach this was not unusual. However, this time I was the patient. Just the word carcinoma is scary, but then to be told I had two Basal Cell Carcinomas and two atypical lesions…WOW, that was a difficult surprise to process. We took immediate action and had all four lesions completely removed. I have adjusted my outdoor routine. I now use sunscreen, reapplying every 2 hours and wear sun protective clothing. I know I can’t reverse the damage I caused to my skin years ago, but I will be sure to change my future.
Doctor’s Approach Dermatology is a complete care medical and surgical dermatology clinic, specializing in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. With locations in Okemos, Carson City and Charlotte, Doctor’s Approach has been well established and respected in Mid-Michigan area for over 25 years. The staff includes; highly trained board certified dermatologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We provide the best in leading edge medical technology, comprehensive care and services in a relaxing and nurturing environment.