15 May May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Even though it’s important to wear sunscreen year-round, there is a higher risk of sun damage in the summer months. Spectrum Dermatology specializes in treating and preventing a wide range of skin conditions, including skin cancer. There are various types of skin cancers, and melanoma is the deadliest form of any cancer. However, when skin cancer is caught early, it is one of the easiest cancers to treat.
The challenge for a lot of people is catching it in time—but that shouldn’t be an issue. Only a dermatologist has the capability to provide patients with a comprehensive exam or skin check. May is the perfect time to schedule this annual appointment, so you can freshen up on the latest skin health best practices before summer is in full swing.
It’s also a good idea to monitor your own moles throughout the year for the ABCDs of skin cancer: asymmetry, (irregular) borders, color that isn’t consistent throughout, and a diameter that’s larger than the head of a pencil eraser. Of course, you can’t check all of your skin, such as your back and your scalp. For those who are at a higher risk for skin cancer, it’s wise to ask a loved one to do mole checks to complement those yearly exams.
Irregular moles aren’t always a guarantee of skin cancer, just like seemingly normal moles aren’t always completely safe. Dermatologists have the experience, training, and tools available to assess moles best. Even better, if there’s an area that seems a bit iffy, it just takes a quick in-office extraction to conduct an on-site biopsy. Mohs surgery allows dermatologists to instantly test skin biopsies in the clinic while the patient waits. This minimizes scarring and ensures that if there is skin cancer, it is completely removed in a single appointment.
Schedule a Consultation with Spectrum Dermatology Today!
As you gear up for summer vacations, make sure you tick off this important warm-weather task. Schedule your skin check now at Spectrum Dermatology, and do your part to celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month.