Why Do Self-Exams?

Completing self-examinations of your skin can help find many potential skin problems earlier on.  Early detection gives you a better chance of being cured if skin cancer is found. Seek medical attention if you suspect a growth to be cancerous.

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Self Examination Tips:

  • After bathing or showering is the easiest time to complete a self-skin examination.
  • Invest in a full-length mirror
  • Document any irregular growths you may find by taking pictures of the area, writing down what you notice, or changes.
  • Cover all areas of the body starting from the face and neck all the way down to your toes.

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What To Look For During A Skin-Exam

  • Moles
  • Changes in color, size, texture, shape
  • Bumps
  • Blemishes

Keep In Mind, Signs of Melanoma Follow The A B C D E rule:

  • Asymmetry: The two sides of the mole or growth don’t match
  • Border: The edges are uneven or ragged, or they blend into the surrounding skin.
  • Color: There is more than one color in a given spot. Colors may include brown, black, pink, white, blue, or red.
  • Diameter: The growth measures more than ¼ inch across, which is about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving: The spot has changed color, size, or shape.

 

When To Call Your Dermatologist:

  • New spots that were not there before
  • Spots that you noticed changed color, size, or shape
  • Sores that have not healed, or that have come back after healing
  • New or old spots that are irritated and or hurt
  • Spots that “ooze”, “bleed”, or “crust over”.

It is highly recommended to make an appointment with a dermatologist once every six months if you have a history of skin cancer.

Contact Dr. Daniel Viders to schedule an appointment if you notice any suspicious growths or have questions.

Call today  (508) 832-7118

 

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