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.
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.
What To Look For During A Skin-Exam
- Changes in color, size, texture, shape
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