Skin Cancer Screening

When Should I See My Doctor About A Mole?

Moles. We all have them. While most are harmless, others can potentially be life-threatening when they become malignant (cancerous). Many patients who walk through our door are unsure about when they need to see their dermatologist about a mole. Skin cancer can be a scary thought but with early detection, it has a very high cure rate. Self-checks are recommended for adults every 3-months or so (more if you’re at risk). During a self-check, take note of any suspicious moles that have changed in size, shape, or color and alert your doctor. Take a look below to help determine if your mole may be cancerous. In-office skin cancer checks are quick, painless, and can put your mind at ease so it’s often played better safe than sorry. Moles That Change or Differ Most moles found throughout our face and body are similar in size and appearance. When looking closely, you’ll notice your moles have a round or oval shape with well-defined borders. Moles are typically sized no larger than 6mm. Follow this ABCDE screening process when [...]

2019-07-17T12:28:49+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Skin Cancer Screening|

How Often Should I Get Checked for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is extremely common. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. That’s why it’s so important to get checked for skin cancer. Early detection is second only to prevention when it comes to survival rates. Getting checked regularly is important for everyone, but particularly those with high risks of skin cancer. People with fair skin, who tend to have a hard time tanning and burn easily, and are Caucasian with blue eyes, light hair, and freckles have the highest risk. Skin cancer risk is based on other risk factors, the largest of which is a history of skin cancer either yourself or in your family. Other risk factors include histories of severe sunburn and using tanning beds. People should be checked annually for skin cancer, particularly those at risk. However, you should be performing your own checks several times a year. Patients themselves detect half of all skin cancer [...]

2019-12-17T12:51:05+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Skin Cancer Screening|

How Often Should I Have My Skin Checked for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and yet most of us lay out in the sun all summer and rarely get our skin checked. Each year, more than a million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer and 62,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma. Skin cancer is cured most easily at its earliest stage, which is why screenings are so important. Screenings typically take about 15 minutes where a dermatologist will inspect any suspicious moles. There are several warning signs, conveniently labeled the ABCDE’s, that a mole may be pre-cancerous. If the mole is: Asymmetrical Border – has a uneven border Color – is several different shades of colors Diameter – large in size Evolving – changing in any way It is recommended to have your skin checked for skin cancer every 6 months to 1 year. However, you should do your own skin checks at home, particularly after spending time in the sun, to see if any moles are changing or growing in size. If you have a history of precancerous lesions [...]

2017-10-04T17:06:08+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Skin Cancer Screening|

Why You Need an Annual Skin Cancer Screening

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? With over 3.5 million diagnoses per year, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States alone.  Fortunately, skin cancer is also preventable and, when detected early, highly treatable.  That’s why it’s vital for everyone to undergo annual skin cancer screenings at their local dermatologist. This reasoning is especially true in California, where sunshine and outdoor activity go hand-in-hand.  Even the most diligent sunscreen routine could lapse in the face of a lazy day on the beach or drinks at an outdoor patio.  Every case of unprotected exposure to the sun ups your odds of getting skin cancer, which is why annual screenings are so vital to protecting your health. Want a few other reasons why you should be diligent about getting an annual skin cancer screening?  Take a look: It can be pretty easy to see if a mole or patch of skin has changed color or shape on noticeable parts of your body. But what about hard-to-see places, like the back of your [...]

2017-06-21T18:25:46+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Skin Cancer Screening|

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