Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Elder Care in Bradenton FL: Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Elder Care in Bradenton FL: Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Skin cancer can strike people of any age, including the elderly. Detecting skin cancer early leads to the best chances of treating and curing the disease, but prevention is the best course of action. Being informed about skin cancer is an important step in protecting your parent from the disease. Once you’re armed with information, you and your parent’s elder care providers can work as a team to help reduce your parent’s chance of getting skin cancer.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and occurs in around one million Americans each year. Skin cancer occurs when skin cells grow abnormally. It usually develops on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun the most, but can also develop on skin that is not commonly exposed. There are three common kinds of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Of the three, melanoma poses the greatest threat since it is difficult to treat once it has spread, so early detection is imperative.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of skin cancer depend on the type of skin cancer. Below are the symptoms for each of the three types of skin cancer.

Melanoma Symptoms

  • A mole that changes in feel or size or that bleeds.
  • A lesion with irregular borders with parts that appear blue, red, white, or bluish-black.
  • A big brown spot with speckles that are darker.
  • Dark lesions that appear on the soles, fingertips or toes, palms, or on mucous membranes.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

  • A waxy bump.
  • A pearly bump.
  • A lesion that is flat and flesh-colored or brown and scar-like.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

  • A nodule that is firm and red.
  • A lesion that is flat and has a scaly or crusted surface.

How can I help prevent my parent from getting skin cancer?

One of the best things you or your parent’s elder care provider can do in terms of protecting them from skin cancer is to make certain they wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Here are some other ways to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Use at least 2 tablespoons of sunscreen all over the body, and apply it 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, after swimming, or after heavy sweating.
  • Do not allow the skin to burn.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially from 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Wear clothing that protects against the sun, including a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses that protect the eyes from UV rays.
  • Examine the skin on the entire body each month and have a doctor conduct a professional
    exam yearly.


If you or an aging loved-one care considering hiring elder care in Brandenton, FL, talk to the friendly staff at Help at Home Healthcare.

Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton, Florida
(941) 795-7000

Naples, FL 34102

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.