Skin Cancer Detection: What To Look For

Dermatologic Center for Excellence is dedicated to treating and preventing skin cancer in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Anthony Dee is here for you if you're concerned about skin cancer. Early detection can make a noted difference in what treatment is available and effective, so keep reading to find out what to look for.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are types of skin cancer that occur in the basal and squamous layers of the skin respectively, different parts of the epidermis. Melanoma isn't as common, but it spreads more aggressively than the other types. It starts in the melanocytes, which are cells that make melanin.

What to look for

Most people have some moles and spots on their skin, so you should see your dermatologist at least once a year for an exam, even when you aren't concerned about skin cancer in Buffalo, NY. It's still important to examine yourself regularly in between appointments so that you can notice any changes in your skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed a guide for assessing moles and spots on your skin. It's called the ABCDE guide, which stands for:

  • Asymmetry - look for moles that don't match themselves, where one half is different from the other half in size, shape, or color.
  • Border - if the edges of a mole are irregular or poorly defined have it inspected by a dermatologist.
  • Color - look for moles that are uneven or are not the same color throughout.
  • Diameter - a mole is usually greater than 6 millimeters when diagnosed, but may be smaller so pay attention to growing moles.
  • Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that is different from your others, or changes in size, shape, or color should raise alarm.

Contact your dermatologist right away if you notice any of these changes in your skin. Dr. Anthony Dee and the skilled medical staff of Dermatologic Center for Excellence help treat and prevent skin cancer in Buffalo, NY. Come see us and learn more about self-examination. Contact us for an appointment in Buffalo, NY, at (716) 636-DERM (3376).

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