Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Moles are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin. If you are exposed to large amounts of sunlight or prone to skin cancer, you should be constantly monitoring your moles for any changes on your skin. Today we’re going to be discussing the best ways to check your moles for skin cancer, let’s get started.
If you can’t make it to our office, we recommend checking your skin about once a month. Using the “ABCDE rule” can help you determine the common signs of Melanoma. ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. Some questions to ask are is the mole asymmetric, meaning does one part of the mole not match the other? Are the border edges irregular, notched, or blurred? Is the color not the same all over with shades of brown or black? Is the spot about the size of a pencil eraser? Finally, is the mole evolving, or changing in shape, size, or color.
Skin cancer can take multiple forms. Basal cell carcinomas and Squamous cell carcinomas usually grow on areas that get lots of sun, however, can show up anywhere. Here are some signs to look for:
In order to stay proactive in stopping the spread of any cancerous cells, you should inform your doctor of any unusual spots, any open sores, itching and pain, oozing, scaliness, and bleeding. Keeping your doctor informed will not only give you piece of mind, but keep your skin and body healthier longer.
As mentioned skin cancer can take on many different forms, it’s best to contact your dermatologist if any new spots arise on your body. Always remember to wear sunscreen and wear protective clothing to prevent any skin damage. At Premier Dermatology we specialize in mole and wart removal, our dedicated doctors can help you find the treatment you need for any unwanted or problematics moles and warts. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!