The ABC’s of Skin Cancer

Being diagnosed with skin cancer can trigger some fearful emotions. But as long as you detect the presence of skin cancer early, the chances of eliminating it without further complications are greatly increased. There are many types of skin cancer and it is reported that twenty percent of individuals in the US are likely to develop it at some point during their lifetime.

Knowing about prevention methods and being able to detect the early warning signs of skin cancer can help avoid the spread of this potentially terrible affliction.

Melanoma is the most deadly of the skin cancers. It causes cancerous growths that can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Melanoma kills tens of thousands of people each year in the US alone. This cancer often begins to grow from mole-type spots on the skin, so it is a good idea to incorporate regular self-exams and check for any early warning signs.

The ABCDE’s of skin cancer

Pay attention to any anomalies on your skin and look for the following signs:

  • Asymmetry—The mole has two sides that are different in shape and color.
  • Border—Border of the mole is not easily defined or may have notched edges.
  • Color—Different shades of brown, tan, black within one area.
  • Diameter—A mole that has a diameter greater than 5mm.
  • Evolving—This refers to changes in size, shape, color, or new symptoms like itching, pain, or oozing and bleeding.

If you notice these signs during your self-examination, always seek the help of an experienced dermatologist to rule out skin cancer. Melanoma can invade quickly, so the earlier you check with your skin care professional, the higher the chances are that you can prevent the spread. Dr. Juan Vaillant ofOld Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.