Skin Cancer, Dos and Dont’s

 Skin Cancer, Dos and Dont’s

DO...

  • Reduce sun exposure. Minimize your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest. Sun-protective clothing such as sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and long sleeves and pants also can help protect your skin.
  • Use sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen every day with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and with both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Stay out of tanning beds. Avoid exposure to tanning beds and artificial tanning devices.
  • Recognize the ABCDEs of moles and melanoma. During your self-examinations, look for the following warning signs in skin lesions: Asymmetry (not uniform in appearance), Border irregularity (jagged or irregular borders), Color variability, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser and Evolving or changing moles. Any changing skin lesion should be examined by a dermatologist.
  • Visit an ASDS dermatologist. If you notice a suspicious mole or lesion, schedule a visit with an ASDS dermatologist, who is uniquely trained and experienced in the management of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails and is your most reliable source for the continued protection and health of your skin.

DON'T...

  • Ignore the signs of skin cancer. An annual skin cancer screening by a medial professional is often helpful to identify skin cancer in its early stages. A visit to an ASDS dermatologist should be scheduled if any abnormal skin lesions are noticed since changing moles or non-healing sores can be serious skin cancers.
  • Forego a professional medical evaluation. Because some forms of skin cancer can be mistaken for harmless freckles or moles and may, therefore, be unrecognized by those without proper medical training, it is best to always consult an ASDS dermatologist before undergoing any cosmetic procedure on the skin.
  • Be afraid to ask questions. To understand the impact that certain treatments can have on your health and physical appearance, it is important to ask your medical professional the following questions:
  • What are my treatment choices? Which alternatives do you recommend? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • Will the proposed treatment affect my appearance and normal activities?

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