Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in America today. Studies have shown that almost half of fair-skinned Americans that reach the age of 65 will deal with at least one incident of skin cancer. The numbers are rising due to increased sun exposure and improper skin care, such as the utilization of tanning beds. Sun exposure can result in skin cancer over the course of time, so proper skin care is the key to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin.
Many people believe that the only indication of skin cancer is a mole. However, many moles are completely normal and safe. This is why it is so important to know the skin cancer signs. Knoxville dermatologist Dr. Doppelt can teach patients what to look for to determine possible skin cancer development.
The most effective way to monitor for skin cancer is to be very familiar with the moles on your body. Skin cancer will change the way a mole looks, so patients should monitor anything unusual that happens with regular, everyday moles. The dermatologists at Southeastern Dermatology will often educate patients with the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.
A – Asymmetry
Moles that are not symmetrical may be a sign of skin cancer. Unusually shaped moles are reason for concern, as many are typically circular in shape.
B – Border
Uneven borders on a mole may be cause for concern. Look for ragged or undefined borders.
C – Color
Moles with splotches of color in them should be checked by a professional. Normal moles are often just one color throughout.
D – Diameter
Moles that measure relatively large are definitely reason for concern. Any mole that measures out larger than a pencil eraser should be examined.
E – Evolving
Any kinds of changes that occur to a mole should be monitored. When moles change in shape, size, or overall appearance, it is important that patients visit their dermatologist to evaluate the mole and ensure that it is not cancerous.
If you are concerned about moles or marks on your body and want to undergo an examination to protect against skin cancer, call Dr. Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a full body skin examination.