Self-exams and screenings help you determine the need for mole removal in Jupiter
In the United States, one of the most prevalent forms of cancer is skin cancer. Estimates are that one in five people will develop some type of skin cancer in their life. Each year, more than nine thousand deaths are attributed to melanoma. More than three thousand deaths each year are linked to non-melanoma cancers. What is especially sad about these statistics is that most deaths from skin cancer are preventable. Data shows that the percentage of cancers related to UV exposure ranges from 80 to 90 percent. Additionally, we know that early detection and treatment of skin cancer makes a huge difference in outcome.
Protecting yourself from skin cancer
Dr. Vitulli, an experienced dermatologist, has dedicated his career to helping men and women enjoy healthy, radiant skin. When you visit your dermatologist, steps to help you avoid skin cancer can be discussed. Some of the steps you can take before reaching the point of mole removal in Jupiter include:
- Practice sun safety with protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats. Avoid direct sun exposure during peak times of day (10am-2pm), wear broad-spectrum sunscreen even on cloudy days, and do not use tanning beds.
- Examine your skin on a monthly basis. When you regularly examine your own skin, you become familiar with its landscape. You will be able to spot subtle changes to existing moles and marks, and detect anything new. The recognition of changes is vital to the early, successful treatment of skin cancer.
- Maintain yearly appointments with your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings. One study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, reported that deaths related to melanoma were reduced by 50 percent when professional screenings were performed.
The point of getting to know the look of your own skin is to enable you to recognize subtle changes. Some of the warning signs of skin cancer include:
- Increased size of an existing mole or mark
- Changes in color, texture, or shape of an existing mark
- Itching, bleeding, crusting, oozing, or other discomfort in an existing mole
- An open sore that does not heal within a few weeks
- New moles in adulthood
- Irregularity in shape or edge, such as asymmetry or jagged borders
- A mole or lesion measures more than a quarter inch, or the size of a pencil eraser
If you have not had your skin checked by a dermatologist in the last twelve months, or you have noticed any change in a mole or mark, contact a Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery for your appointment.
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