Full body skin examinations- screening skin for benign or cancerous lesions- are essential for optimum health maintenance. Early detection is essential in the treatment of skin cancer. A combination of annual skin checks with your dermatologist and self exams is necessary. Know your body, so you can recognize changes and possible Melanomas. Half of melanomas are first identified by patients themselves.
We at the Asarch Colorado Skin Care Center recommend an annual full body exam to allow early detection of treatment. An important part of prevention is mole tracking with the ABCDE danger signs:
D=increase in diameter,
E=evolution or changes in the mole.
- Check your skin several times a year if you have multiple risk factors such as excessive exposure to the sun, tanning bed use, or a history of precancerous skin lesions, cancer or frequent sun burns.
According to Dr. Asarch, Only about one third of the population performs self-exams for the signs of skin cancer and a significant number of those people are unable to see or recognize suspicious lesions on their own.
Know what you are looking for:
When you are tracking your mole, know what a healthy mole looks like vs. a mole to be concerned about. Here are some pictures for your reference, but a visit to your Dermatologist is important for a thorough evaluation of any areas of concern.
A Healthy, Normal Mole
Most of the population has these somewhere on their bodies. If your mole is symmetrical, uniform in color, smaller than a pencil eraser and hasn’t changed in the last few years-it should not be of any concern.
Atypical Mole-Dysplastic Nevus
Atypical Mole (above)- could become cancerous. These “dysplastic nevi” often have uneven borders and are dark in color. These are not malignant but should be watched carefully.
Actinic Keratosis (above)- could be cancerous. These patches feel scaly and rough and are often found in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun (ears, scalp, shoulders, backs of hands, etc.)
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) (above)-Cancerous. BCC is the most common of all skin cancers and often appears as a shiny bump, raised pink or red spot or a sore that won’t heal.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) (above)- Cancerous. SCC is the second most dangerous type of skin cancer and it is fast growing. These look like scaly patches or warts and may bleed.
Melanoma-(above) Cancerous. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. These are unevenly shaped with irregular borders and can be multi-colored, though they are often brown or black.
The Asarch Center values each and every patient. Our team of medical experts receive specialized training in their respective fields to provide our patients with the most up to date treatments, procedures and the highest standard of care.
MELANOMA CAN BE DEADLY. TAKE ACTION.
The Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery recommends YEARLY SKIN CHECKS for optimal health & prevention of skin cancer.
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Did you know that nearly 80,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year? If you catch it early – before it spreads – it can be treated.