Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States affecting one in five people. There are over 3 million cases of skin cancer every year in the US.
What you need to know
The ABCDE’s of Melanoma
Asymmetry – Half the mole looks unlike the other half
Border – Edges appear scalloped or irregular
Color – Multiple, varying colors
Diameter – Larger than a pencil eraser size
Evolution – Change of a mole
As skin experts, dermatologists see a wide variety of skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hair and nail disorders, and cosmetics. However, one of the most common issues that we see multiple times on a daily basis is skin cancer. In fact, melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females ages 15-29. Fortunately, most cases of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are treatable especially when detected early. Melanoma can be an aggressive form of skin cancer, and the key to treatment is early detection. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color.
Changing, itching, non-healing or bleeding lesions
• Avoid excessive sun exposure especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing including a wide brimmed hat.
• Apply broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or greater daily. It is important to reapply when outdoors every two hours, especially after swimming and sweating. Physical or mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are great choices.
• Avoid tanning beds. Just like the sun, tanning beds emit harmfulUV radiation.
• See a board certified dermatologist for skin exams. If you notice any new areas on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, it is best to get them evaluated.
“Early detection is the key for successful skin cancer treatment.”
How we can help
Central Missouri Dermatology & Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery, the largest private practice provider of dermatology care in the Mid-Missouri area, offers comprehensive dermatology care from five board certified dermatologists in five Mid-Missouri locations including Jefferson City. Our expertise allows us to treat a wide range of skin, hair, and nail concerns ranging from acne to skin cancer as well as provide medical, surgical, and cosmetic services.
(573) 644-9955 | 1705 Christy Dr., JCMO | centralmodermatologygroup.com