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A Guide to Skin Cancer Screening

Mar 22 2017

When it comes to skin cancer, prevention and early detection are crucial. While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and diagnoses continue to rise, it is also preventable and highly curable in most cases if detected early enough.

Seeking shade, wearing dark, tight-woven clothing and daily use of sunscreen SPF 30 or higher is your best shot at preventing sun damage and skin cancer.

In addition, it is important to perform monthly body checks of freckles and moles on your own body. During these elf-screenings, be sure to check your skin and take note of any new or suspicious-looking marks, moles or freckles. Remember to check areas that typically do not receive sun exposure, including the scalp, underneath finger and toe nails, in between toes and the bottom of the foot. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers a step-by-step guide on performing self exams.

You should also schedule an annual head-to-toe skin cancer screening with your dermatologist. Any marks or moles that have on or more of the following characteristics should be examined by a dermatologist:

  • Itches, bleeds or won’t heal
  • Larger than 6 millimeter
  • Rapidly changes in color, size or shape
  • Has multiple colors
  • Is located in a hard-to-see area, such as the scalp

While most moles are harmless and don’t require medical attention, a person may choose to have a mole removed if it interferes with their appearance, or has the chance to develop into cancer. Mole removal can be performed using a number of techniques, including laser removal, cryotherapy or surgical excision.

If skin cancer is found during a screening, the best option for treatment is Mohs Surgery, an outpatient procedure that removes cancerous tissue while leaving surrounding skin only mildly disturbed. Your dermatologist with discuss the best course of treatment for you and your specific skin type.

Skin Cancer Screening in Danville

If you want to learn more about skin cancer screening or Mohs Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Danville, proudly accommodating the Walnut Creek area. You can reach us at (925)272-2695 today. We look forward to serving you!

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Category: General Dermatology

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