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It’s important to be able to recognize the early warning signs of skin cancer.
Most of us have moles all over our bodies and faces. While these common skin growths aren’t often a cause for concern, changes in the appearance of your moles could be a major warning sign of skin cancer. Accordingly, it is very important to know when it's the proper time to turn to our Buffalo, NY, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, to have the mole checked.
When it comes to understanding the early warning signs of skin cancer, one simple strategy includes memorizing your ABCDEs:
- “A” is for Asymmetry: Half of the mole should match the other half in color, size, and shape. If a mole is asymmetrical, this could be a sign of melanoma.
- “B” is for Border: Healthy moles have a clear, visible and perfectly defined border, while cancerous moles are more likely to have blurry, poorly defined and jagged borders.
- “C” is for Color: Moles can range in color (most are medium to dark brown) but they should only be one color; moles with multiple colors, including shades of pink, red, blue, and black could be an early warning sign of skin cancer.
- “D” is for Diameter: Most moles should be no larger than the size of a pencil eraser. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that large moles are cancerous, most melanomas are larger than a pencil eraser.
- “E” is for Evolving: Healthy moles stay relatively the same over the years; therefore, any significant changes in the appearance of a mole warrant a checkup.
You should be performing self-skin exams every month, making sure to check your skin from head to toe. Along with these monthly exams, you should visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist once a year for a professional full-body skin cancer screening. During this examination, we will be able to look over each mole and pinpoint suspicious growths or changes that you may overlook during a self-exam.
After all, our team knows exactly what to look for when it comes to changing or troublesome moles. Those who are at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to come in more than once a year for screenings.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
When was the last time you had a full skin cancer evaluation? If you’ve never had one before or if it’s been more than a year, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-DERM (3376) to book an appointment with your dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee.
As the weather outside turns from the summer heat to the autumn chill, football season begins. As a bonus, with football season comes tailgating, a beloved tradition for many fans. However, many people believe that just because the weather gets chilly, they do not need to protect their skin from the sun. Learn more about how to protect your skin this tailgate season with Dr. Anthony Dee in Buffalo, NY.
Protecting Your Skin
Regardless of the temperature, if the sun is out, you should protect your skin using a broad-spectrum sunblock with at least 30 SPF. Apply the sunblock to all exposed areas of your skin and reapply at least every two hours. Tightly-knitted clothing covering your arms and legs helps prevent sun damage as well. Take special care to protect your face, a common area to find skin cancer since it is always exposed.
Is this mole normal?
A normal mole is one color, round or ovular in shape, and has a smooth border. If you notice a new mole or have a mole which has more than one color within its borders, you should have it checked out by your dermatologist as soon as possible. Additionally, if you see a mole which has changed shape or size or is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Skin Examinations in Buffalo, NY
Skin cancer is one of the most easily treatable cancers and has a high curability rate. However, catching skin cancer early is crucial in treating it successfully. Be sure to perform at-home skin examinations on yourself regularly, searching for new or questionable moles or marks. Seeing your dermatologist for regular skin examinations is a great tool in catch skin cancer early, especially if you are outside often or have a family history of cancer. Your doctor can help you determine how frequently these examinations should take place.
For more information on spotting or treating skin cancer, please contact Dr. Dee serving Buffalo, NY. Call (716) 636-DERM (3376) to schedule your appointment for a skin examination with Dr. Dee today!