Skin Cancer Screening
Almost all cases of skin cancer are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and there are plenty of precautions that you can take to protect from the dangerous effects of UV rays. For instance, you can always minimize direct exposure to the sun and consistently wear sunscreen. However, detection is just as crucial as protection. You don’t need a blood test or an x-ray to detect skin cancer. Simply pay attention to your skin. Become familiar with your moles, freckles, and blemishes and monitor them for any changes.
By checking your skin regularly, you can:
- Have a good chance of spotting the early signs of damage before they worsen
- Know and familiarize yourself with your own skin, helping you identify any changes on your skin
- Avoid skin cancer, especially if you have a high risk of getting it (i.e. if you have reduced immunity, if you’ve had skin cancer before, or if you have a strong family history of skin cancer)
- Be thorough, since, skin cancer can manifest on parts of the body that are not exposed to the sun
Skin Cancer Check
To help you examine your moles, it is recommended to follow the ABCDE rules created by the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Asymmetry: Does your mole have an irregular shape? If you draw a line through the middle of a mole, does one side match the other?
Border: Irregular borders in the form of notched or scalloped edges can be a red flag.
Color: Does the mole have a variety of colors? Are there patches of red, blue, or white? Most benign moles have a uniform color.
Diameter: Benign moles typically have a smaller diameter compared to malignant ones. Keep an eye out for spots larger than a pencil eraser (6 mm).
Evolving: Does the spot look the same? Or are there changes in size, shape, color, or elevation? Is it bleeding, itching, or crusting? These could be signs of melanoma.
You may also consider using a body map to help you keep a record of any suspicious spots, so you can show it to your dermatologist during your visit.
Getting a Skin Cancer Check Can Save Your Life!
If detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. That’s why our team of board-certified dermatologists at the Millburn Laser Center are encouraging everyone to conduct self-exams at home, as well as regular full-body skin checks with a dermatologist to prevent skin cancer from becoming a life-threatening condition. If you’d like a skin cancer screening or are seeking treatment, you can trust our specialists in Millburn, NJ to take care of you. Contact us at 973-315-8590 today and learn about our personalized care and what we can do for you.
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