Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers in the United States. People of all ages can be affected, but those who have spent substantial time outdoors or tanning are at higher risk.
There are three common forms of skin cancer:
Diagnosis & Treatment
At Evans Dermatology we are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. If you are concerned about a spot on your skin, the best way to put your mind at ease is to make an appointment. Not only can our team examine the spot that you have noticed, but with your consent we can also perform a full skin exam to look for any other concerning lesions.
Dysplastic or Atypical Moles
Many patients are also diagnosed with dysplastic (atypical) moles.
Tips for Prevention of Skin Cancer
Practicing Sun Protection
Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every 1-2 hours when outdoors. Wear a broad brimmed hat. Try to enjoy outdoor activities in the early morning or evening, when the sun is less intense.
Monitor your skin and moles monthly. When checking your skin, remember the ABCDEs of skin cancer:
Asymmetry: the two halves of the mole should match each other.
Borders: healthy moles have even, round, smooth borders.
Color: moles with several colors or shades may be dangerous.
Diameter: most skin cancers are bigger than a pencil eraser.
Evolution: any significant change in the mole is typically dangerous.
Call your dermatologist for any moles or spots that are growing, changing, bleeding, or of any concern to you.
Examination by a Dermatologist
Get checked for skin cancer by a board-certified dermatologist. How often you should get skin checks go depends on your medical history and skin type, and should be discussed with your doctor.