Getting Screened for Skin Cancer

face-on-hand-SmallIf you’re like everybody under the sun, you enjoy spending a lot of time out in the sun. Whether you like to lay out at the pool, hit the waves at the beach, or simply go on some long adventures in the mountains, being outside can have many positive effects on your health including things like producing a large amount of vitamin D.

 

However, with all of the positive results that come from being out in the sun, comes the negative results that it can play on your skin. With skin cancer being one of the top forms of cancer diagnosed each year, it’s important to not only visit a dermatologist on a regular basis but perform at-home skin screenings as well.

 

Abnormalities

One of the biggest things to look out for when looking for skin cancer is any skin abnormalities. Abnormalities include changes in size, texture, and even color. For instance, if you have a mole on your arm and you notice that it is starting to get larger and turn a different color, then you should make an appointment with your dermatologist to have it removed.

 

Itchy Skin

If your moles, freckles, or any other marks on your skin start to itch or feel uncomfortable, then you should have them checked out. Pay especially close attention to the skin around your moles and freckles, to see if it starts flaking off or if it starts to get red or swollen.

 

Full Body Scan

Once a year, ask your dermatologist to give you a full body scan to make sure that they can’t spot any large or noticeable skin abnormalities or concerns on your body. Because it is hard to scan your entire body by yourself— especially your back— a dermatologist will be able to look at every mole and inch of your skin in order to make sure you’re free from any cancers.

 

If you would like to learn more about skin cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

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