Checking for skin cancer in Charlotte
Skin cancer is caused when UV light damages the DNA in our skin cells. This type of damage can occur all year around, even on overcast days. However, in the summer, more skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Hence, summer is the perfect time for people to get in the habit of checking their skin for signs of cancer. It is advisable that everyone get in the habit of checking for signs of skin cancer at regular intervals. Although, intuitively, people are more likely to be thinking about skin cancer in the hot summer months.
Perform periodic skin checks
When you check your skin for significant changes or signs of skin cancer, you will need to be able to check your skin from head to toe. This includes areas like your scalp and between your toes. Therefore, it is helpful to have a partner to help you. When performing a skin cancer self-exam, you will need to know what to look for in order to be able to spot signs of trouble. We advise that you check for the following:
- Moles that are changing, have irregular shapes or uneven edges
- Moles that are multi-colored, such as brown, tan and black
- Moles that are raised
- Moles that have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser
- Scales, itchiness, tenderness, or pain in close proximity to a mole
- Sores that do not heal, or recurs
- Brown or black streaks under a fingernail or toenail
Who is at risk for skin cancer?
Everyone, regardless of skin color or ethnicity is at risk for skin cancer. However, older people and those with light-colored skin are at greater risk. Men are more likely to develop melanoma, which is the deadliest form. Dark skinned people of African descent are more likely to develop skin cancer in places that usually don’t get much sun exposure, such as the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, inside the mouth, and under the nails. The five-year survival rate for skin cancer that has metastasized is not good. If melanoma is caught before it has spread to the lymph nodes, the survival rate is 99 percent. This is why it is crucial that everyone to inspect their skin thoroughly this summer.
Skin cancer screening in Charlotte, NC
Your risk for skin cancer can depend upon many factors. If you are finding it difficult to live with your condition, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist, whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your cosmetic and medical dermatology concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers surgical dermatology. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and skin cancer screening, or for any other skin condition.