HJAR Jul/Aug 2022

52 JUL / AUG 2022 I  HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS DIALOGUE COLUMN ONCOLOGY During the summer months, many of us find ourselves spending time with family and friends outdoors. As you pack for your summer vacations, here is a reminder to take a moment for your skin. Taking Time FOR YOUR SKIN ACCORDING to the nonprofit organization, The Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. As a surgical oncologist, I often see patients with skin cancer whose situations have advanced past simply removing the pri- mary site. By the time they get to see me, the disease has spread in some cases to the lym- phatic system, requiring extensive surgery in addition to drug therapy or radiation therapy.