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The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends:
Melanomas, which look like moles, often grow inside existing moles, that's why it's important for you to conduct regular self-examinations of your skin to detect potential skin cancer early on, when it is treatable. Most melanomas are caused by overexposure to the sun beginning in childhood. Melanoma cancer also runs in families.
Melanoma is diagnosed via a biopsy. Treatments include surgical removal, radiation therapy or chemotherapy:
The key to detecting skin cancers is to notice changes in your skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology has developed the following ABCDE guide for assessing whether or not a mole or other lesion may be becoming cancerous.
Asymmetry: Half the mole does not match the other half in size, shape or color.
Border: The edges of the mole are irregular or blurred.
Color: The mole is not the same color throughout.
Diameter: The mole is larger than one-quarter inch in size.
Elevation: The mole becomes elevated or raised from the skin.
If any of these conditions occur, please make an appointment to see one of our providers right away.
A biopsy of the mole may be neccesarry to determine if it is or isn't cancerous.
Call us today to schedule an appointment at 742-5556.