Skin Cancer Prevention Tips And What To Look For
Skin cancer affects millions of Americans annually. Regular self-examination is imperative as well as regular visits to doctors at Arrowhead Dermatology in Peoria, Avondale and North Phoenix, AZ. He can offer you helpful tips and what to look for so that you can detect skin cancer early on. The doctors here are well versed in all types of skin cancer and prides himself on preventative medical care.
What to Look For
Self check-ups are imperative to catch skin cancer easy on. The sooner that it is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or the cancer spreading. It’s important to know your skin and what is normal for you. During a self-check, make sure that you undress completely and use a mirror to check hard to see spots. Some things you should look for during this importantly monthly evaluation are:
- Spots that have changed color
- Spots that have become raises or a lump
- Surface of a mole has changed
- New moles
- Moles that have grown
- Moles that itch or tingle sometimes
- Moles that bleed
Your Peoria, Avondale and North Phoenix dermatologists can offer examinations that look at these spots and determine whether or not they are cancerous. The doctors can schedule a biopsy with you to verify the diagnosis.
In terms of prevention, staying out of the sun during prime hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and wearing a hat and sunscreen will help lower your chances of developing skin cancer. Always re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. UV-protection sunglasses are advisable too.
Dr. Haar at Arrowhead Dermatology in Peoria, Avondale and North Phoenix, AZ, can check you regularly for any changes. For adults over 40, it is advisable an annual exam is done with a dermatologist. To schedule your exam, just call today.