At Associates in Dermatology, we are proactive about the early detection and prevention of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is more common than you might think. More people are diagnosed every year in the United States than all other cancers combined. Of these, melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Also, it is continuing to increase. The good news is there is a lot that can be done to stay ahead of the disease, like having regular skin exams.
We consult with and educate our patients about the important measures you can take to help prevent skin cancer. Always use at least a 30 SPF sunscreen. Perform monthly self-examinations of your skin from head to toe. Regularly schedule your skin examination with one of our providers, especially if you are at risk for skin cancer, have reduced immunity, have previously had skin cancer, or if you have a family history of cancer.
It’s important to know your own skin, so you are able to find early signs of skin cancer. You should be aware of the normal pattern of your moles, freckles, and blemishes. If there are any changes in any of them, you should call our office to schedule an exam right away.
Checking your own skin regularly and scheduling your periodic skin exam can help find many skin cancers early, when they are easier to treat. Early detection and proactive prevention is the best treatment.