Skin cancer is the most common form of cancers in Atlanta, Georgia, and the United States. Early detection is critical for the successful treatment and removal of skin cancer. Much like a woman does routine self-breast examinations at home, we should all be evaluating ourselves for skin cancer on a monthly basis.
The Skin Cancer Evaluation
Skin cancer can be detected at home by checking your body for any markings that are new, changing or unusual. Using the “ABCDE” technique which was established by The American Academy of Dermatology is very helpful. The guidelines are as follows:
“A” is for Asymmetry: If one side of your mole looks different than the other, then it’s not symmetrical and should be considered suspicious.
“B” is for Border: Moles with a poorly defined border are abnormal.
“C” is for Color: Benign moles are usually one to two shades of brown. If you see colors that are shaded tan, black, white, red, or blue, then you should get them evaluated by a professional.
“D” is for Diameter: Melanomas (skin cancers) are usually about the size of a pencil eraser. If they start to grow, beware.
“E” is for Evolving: If a certain mole looks different from your others, or if it has changed in size, color, or shape over time then get it looked at.
Skin Cancer Treatments in Atlanta, Georgia
If you’re ever in doubt about a spot on your skin don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist or Dr. Stong of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery. We can help you get a diagnosis and treat any skin cancer issues for you.
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