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 contain a genetic component. While genetics plays a crucial role, the sun and unprotected ultraviolet exposure, such as tanning beds, can contribute to the likelihood of being diagnosed with skin cancer. In order to prevent skin cancer, I recommend avoiding the peak sun hours between 10 and 2, applying and reapplying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, 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!