Did you know that dermatologists perform routine checkups? Your dermatologist may recommend a yearly or twice-yearly skin exam to check for suspicious spots that could be a form of skin cancer. If you have spent a lot of time outside in the sun, have many moles, or have had a skin cancer removed in the past, it is a great idea to have your doctor take a look. In addition to the doctor’s visit, dermatologists recommend you give your skin an all-over self-check each month!
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and men over the age of 50 are most at risk, although anyone can have melanoma at any age. The good news is that when melanoma is caught early, it is almost always curable. However, if left unchecked, it can spread to other parts of the body and become lethal.
When is it a good idea to see a dermatologist for a suspicious mole? Remember the ABCDEs. If a mole appears...
BORDER - HAS UNEVEN BORDERS
COLOR - MULTIPLE, UNUSUAL, OR EVEN NO COLOR
DIAMETER - SUSPICIOUS MOLES ARE LARGER
EVOLVING - IF YOU NOTICE THE SPOT HAS BEEN CHANGING OVER TIME
...it is a great idea to have a dermatologist check to see if the spot could be a type of skin cancer. If you are worried about a suspicious spot, please give us a visit today! Dancing during skin checks not required (although dance parties are available upon request!)