According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer are treated in the United States each year. This staggering number shows that taking preventative measures against this disease is more important than ever. Equally as important as preventing skin cancer, however, is knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer as catching this condition early greatly increases its curability rate. Find out more about the signs of skin cancer and what you should do if you notice them with Dr. Linda Banta at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX.
Do I have skin cancer?
Skin cancer also appears on the skin as what looks like a mole. The mole will have certain features if it could be potentially cancerous. Remembering these qualities is easy with the ABCDE method. Potentially cancerous moles can have the following characteristics:
- Border is jagged instead of smooth
- Color of the mole varies instead of remaining one solid color throughout
- Diameter of the mole is more than 6 millimeters
- Evolving mole which changes shape, size, or color
How can I prevent skin cancer?
Preventing skin cancer is as easy as limiting the skin’s exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Always wear a sunblock with at least 30 SPF on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. Try to stay out of the sun at times when it is strongest, usually around noon. Wear tight-knit clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off of your face and neck. In addition to limiting your exposure to the sun, you can further prevent skin cancer with regular skin examinations with your dermatologist.
Skin Examinations in San Antonio, TX
A skin examination gives your dermatologist the chance to give your entire body the once-over, searching for any questionable moles or discolorations. Catching skin cancer early greatly increases the curability rate and allows your doctor to use less complicated and invasive procedures to remove the cancerous cells.
For more information on skin cancer or its early warning signs, please contact Dr. Banta at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 494-0504 to schedule your appointment for a skin examination with Dr. Banta today!