Skin Cancer: This Korean War Veteran Enjoys the Beach Again

Bob Deberry, who served in the United States Navy in the submarine division, has always enjoyed spending time at the beach. Unfortunately, a lifetime of sun exposure has led to extensive skin damage, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

This short documentary follows Deberry as he undergoes Mohs micrographic surgery with David Leffell, MD, chief of dermatologic surgery at Yale Medicine and a professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale School of Medicine. It's a specialized technique where the skin cancer is removed one layer at a time and immediately analyzed in the lab next to the operating room. The speed and accuracy of the procedure allows Dr. Leffell to keep Deberry's skin cancers in check, while he continues to enjoy his outdoor lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about Mohs micrographic surgery and connect with Yale Medicine's Department of Dermatologic Surgery.