The incidence of skin cancer in the United States is increasing significantly, possibly due to people spending more leisure time in the sun, and due to decreased ozone in the atmosphere. Fortunately, if diagnosed early, skin cancer can be successfully treated. However, this requires diligence in observing unusual moles, or other unusual lesions that seem to be changing, growing, bleeding, etc.
It is a good idea for everyone to undergo a skin cancer screening at least once a year. This is a good time for a dermatologist at the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery to examine the skin all over the body for any unusual changes. If an abnormal lesion is found early, it can be removed before any other symptoms appear and the cancer spreads.
Patients who have suspicious moles or skin tags may have a portion removed for a biopsy. This is a test that evaluates cancerous skin cells. If this comes back positive, excision can then be scheduled. The Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery offers Mohs Micrographic Surgery, which for certain tumors, is considered the most effective way of removing cancerous skin cells without harming the healthy cells around them.
Patients can reduce their risk of skin cancer by protecting their skin from the sun. Tanning in tanning beds should also be avoided. Sunscreen is key to preventing the sun from causing cancerous skin cells to develop. Patients should avoid the sun during the midday when the sun’s rays are the strongest and wear skin protective clothing during these hours to reduce their risks. Maintaining regular skin cancer checks to monitor unusual moles or skin tags is a great way to achieve an early diagnosis if skin cancer does happen to appear.
If you are concerned about a growth, sore, or mole on your body that has changed in shape, size, or color, it may be time for you to schedule a skin cancer screening with our experienced dermatological team. The doctors at the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery are happy to welcome new patients to our practice for skin cancer screenings and other dermatology services. Contact us today to schedule a screening or consultation visit.