Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And while it’s most common in fair complexions and those with a history of even one bad, blistering burn, it can develop in any skin tone or type, anywhere on the body. The good news is that the disease has a very high cure rate when caught early and removed surgically, frozen with liquid nitrogen, or treated with low-dose radiation.
If you haven’t been checked for skin cancer by a dermatologist within the past year, call our office today to schedule your screening. While you’re at it, take five minutes to schedule monthly self-skin check alerts into your smart phone calendar. We’re always happy to show you how to perform a head-to-toe exam. Check moles for the ABCDE’s, which could all be signs of melanoma:
- An asymmetrical shape
- An irregular border
- An uneven color
- A diameter greater than six millimeters
- Elevated texture
And don’t overlook spots that are scaly, painful, oozing or chronically bleeding. These could harbor basal- or squamous cell carcinoma, less serious, but still dangerous, forms of skin cancer.