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Melanoma: Warning Signs, Prevention, and Regular Skin Checks

Melanoma Skin Check
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer as it has the potential to spreads quickly to other parts of the body if not detected and treated early. Understanding the signs of melanoma, implementing prevention strategies, and prioritizing regular skin checks are crucial to protecting our skin.

Signs of Melanoma (ABCDE):

Melanoma can arise as a new mole or as a change to an existing mole. Being observant about these changes is key to early detection.

Here are some signs to watch out for:

  1. Asymmetry: One half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.
  2. Border Irregularity: The edges of the mole are irregular, blurred, or jagged.
  3. Color Variation: The mole has multiple colors or uneven distribution of color.
  4. Diameter: Melanomas may be larger in diameter than the eraser of a pencil (about 6 millimeters).
  5. Evolution: Any change in size, shape, color, or elevation of a mole.

Prevention

While some risk factors for melanoma, such as family history and genetics, cannot be controlled, there are several preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk.

  1. Sun Protection: Limit exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation by wearing UPF protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with re-application every 2 hours is also recommended
  2. Seek Shade: Avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially during peak UV hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  3. Avoid Tanning Beds: Artificial UV radiation from tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.
  4. Regular Self-Examinations: Perform monthly skin self-exams to monitor for changes in moles or the appearance of new ones.
  5. Professional Skin Checks: Schedule regular skin exams with a board-certified dermatologist, especially if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer or numerous moles.

Routine Skin Cancer Screenings

Regular skin checks by a board-certified dermatologist are essential for early detection and treatment of skin cancer, including melanoma. Dermatologists have the expertise to identify suspicious lesions and perform biopsies if necessary. At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we offer comprehensive skin cancer screenings and personalized recommendations for your skin health.

Protecting our skin from melanoma and other forms of skin cancer requires awareness, proactive measures, and regular monitoring. By understanding the signs of melanoma, implementing preventive strategies, and prioritizing regular skin checks, we can significantly reduce our risk and promote lifelong skin health. For professional skin checks and expert guidance on your skin concerns, schedule an appointment with us at North Dallas Dermatology Associates.

 

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Dallas Texas 75231
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