When it comes to skin cancer, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Let’s start with the bad news first: skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that the average person will face, with more than three million people being diagnosed each year in the U.S. The good news about skin cancer is that it’s one of the few cancers that can be seen on your skin’s surface which means it can be diagnosed early on.
Everyone has a potential risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is highly treatable when it’s detected early, but it can be deadly. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to look for the warning signs of skin cancer and have a professional skin cancer screening.
It’s recommended that you examine your skin once a month from head to toe. Check for marks or moles on your skin that appear flesh colored as well as other bumps or sores. If you aren’t sure how to check your skin, remember the A, B, C, D, E method.
- A – Asymmetry: Look for a difference between one side and the other
- B – Border Irregularity: Look for the border of the mark being poorly defined or scalloped
- C – Color: Look for the color being varied from one area to another
- D – Diameter: Look for a diameter greater than a pencil eraser size
- E – Evolution: Look for a mark that is evolving or changing from what it used to look like
You should plan on a professional skin exam and cancer screening once a year, but if you encounter any of these signs you’ll want to get an appointment as soon as possible. To schedule a skin cancer screening with Skin Care Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center, give us a call today at 770-422-5557.