Skin cancer can happen to people of all ages and skin types. It is important to regularly check your skin to find skin cancer early. When it is found early, it is highly treatable. We recommend regular screening with a board-certified dermatologist, but we encourage you to constantly check yourself because skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to find. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your skin, from the top of your scalp to the bottoms of your feet. Skin cancer can even be found under fingernails and toenails, on your genitals, and inside your mouth.
Finding skin cancer on your body
The best way to find skin cancer is to become familiar with every little characteristic of your skin and periodically examine yourself. Start by looking at the spots on your skin. Check everywhere. Check your scalp by parting your hair to observe the skin. Look at the spaces between your toes and the bottoms of your feet. Your partner or significant other can be helpful. He or she can examine hard-to-see areas such as your scalp and back. Regular monitoring will help you to notice even the smallest changes. Checking monthly can be beneficial. If you have had skin cancer, your dermatologist can tell you how often you should check your skin.
What does skin cancer look like?
Skin cancer appears on the body in many ways. It can be observed as a:
- Irregular shaped or changing mole
- A mole that looks different from others
- A dome-shaped growth
- Small scaly patch
- Non-healing sore
- A sore that heals and returns
- Brown or black streak under a nail
Dermatologists advise you to schedule an appointment for screening if you notice a spot on your skin that:
- Is different from the others
Ask your dermatologist for a copy of the Body Mole Map. Everything you need to know is easily accessed on a single page. It is illustrated to show you how to examine your skin, and what to look for.
Compassionate and effective skin cancer screening
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.