Now 72, and still working as a real-estate agent, she was preparing for a Botox injection last summer when her dermatologist, Susan Weinkle, noticed a bump under her left eyebrow. A biopsy showed it was a basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer—and the second one the doctor had to remove from Ms. Landsberg’s face in five years.
For a growing number of patients 50 and older, those decades of baking in the sun are coming back to haunt them: One in five Americans will develop some kind of skin cancer over the course of a lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fortunately even the deadliest form, melanoma, can be cured with early detection and proper treatment, but it’s crucial to keep an eye out for any changes in the skin that could signal a malignancy.
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