Know the Early Signs of Skin Cancer
posted: Aug. 02, 2022.
Know what to look for when it comes to a suspicious mole.
When you look at your skin, mainly your moles, can you tell that any of your moles have changed? If you aren’t conscientious about your skin health, you should be. After all, melanoma has been on the rise since 2005 and is projected to increase significantly by 2030. That’s why our Delray Beach, Boca Raton, & West Boca, FL, dermatologists Dr. Brian Feinstein, Dr. Benjamin Bohaty and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lawrence Enisman want to provide individuals with the information they need to spot skin cancer early and seek treatment.
Are You Performing Monthly Self-examinations?
How will you know that a mole or growth has developed or changed if you aren’t performing regular skin exams on yourself? It’s essential that you can pinpoint problems as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need. By conducting thorough skin exams once a month, you can detect early warning signs much more accessible than someone who isn’t in the know.
What Should I Be Looking For?
Almost everyone has moles, and a healthy mole will be completely symmetrical, have a clearly defined border and be a single color. While some people are born with moles, others appear throughout childhood. If you want to figure out if a mole is suspicious, practice your ABCDEs:
- Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line down the middle of the healthy mole, each side would be identical in size and shape.
- Border: Healthy moles have a clearly defined border, while suspicious moles will have a jagged, blurry or poorly defined border.
- Color: Moles should only be a single color. If you notice a mole has multiple colors or changes color, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
- Diameter: While some melanomas might be small, in most cases, if a mole is larger than a pencil eraser, this is a cause for concern.
- Evolving: Moles should remain the same throughout your life. If you notice a new mole, or if a mole changes size, color or shape, then it’s time to schedule a consultation.
Should I Get a Skin Cancer Screening?
You don’t have to be at high risk for skin cancer to benefit from a skin cancer evaluation. Our Delray Beach, Boca Raton, & West Boca, FL, dermatologists recommend that everyone get an annual skin cancer screening. It’s the best way to detect skin cancer, particularly melanoma, early to provide you with peace of mind.
Many people turn to our Delray Beach, Boca Raton, & West Boca, FL, dermatologists for skin cancer screenings and the most advanced treatments. The Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery team has performed over 10,000 Mohs surgeries. Call (561) 498-4407 to schedule a skin cancer screening.