Skin cancer is becoming very common. In fact, there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer in over 3.3 million people each year. That is over 9,000 people being diagnosed with skin cancer everyday. No matter the reason for the rise in skin cancer, it needs to be treated as soon as it is recognized. The sooner that it is treated the less likely it is to spread. One of the most common treatments for skin cancer is called Moh's Surgery. This is where the doctor takes thin slices of skin away from the cancerous area until the area is cancer free. This is a vey effective way to treat skin cancer. However, anytime surgery is involved it can be nerve racking. Here are a few things to help you prepare for your Moh's Surgery.
Stop Taking Blood Thinners
You are going to be getting the cancerous area sliced, so it is very important that the doctor is able to get the bleeding under control. If you have been taking over the counter blood thinners it can be difficult for the doctor to get the bleeding under control. A few weeks before you go in for surgery make sure that you are not taking any blood thinners. So, aspirin is out but there are other natural blood thinners you should stay away from as well. Garlic, ginger, ginkgo, feverfew, fish oil, vitamin E, and tree ear mushrooms are all natural blood thinners that you should most definitely steer clear of a few weeks before surgery.
Getting surgery is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but you are going to help yourself out a great deal if you get all of your medicated ointment before your surgery. You do not want to have to go to the store the day of surgery looking for ointment. You are going to be very glad that you went to the store before and got all of your medicated ointment.
Arrange A Ride
If you are the type of person that has a hard time with blood or pain then you should arrange a ride home from the surgery. The anesthesia is going to be local most of the time so it is not going to affect your cognitive or motor skills, but it is always a good idea to be safe and make sure that you are able to get home from the surgery safely. Read more about Moh's surgery on this blog.