When it comes to skin cancer, early diagnosis is important. If you notice any abnormal spots or moles, notify a board certified dermatologist immediately.
It’s important to recognize that some skin cancers can arise from both pre-existing moles or from new spots or moles. Therefore, it’s important to do regular, self-checks of your skin to see if any new spots or moles have in fact appeared.
Most skin cancers are due in part to genetics. However, while genetics plays a crucial role, the sun and unprotected ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds, increase the risk of developing skin cancer. In order to prevent skin cancer, we recommend avoiding the peak sun hours between 10am and 4pm, applying and reapplying a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, and seeing a board-certified dermatologist once a year for a full body skin check.
If you have noticed any abnormal spots or moles or would simply like additional information on skin cancer, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today at (925) 838-4900 to schedule an appointment!