Skin cancer affects a large percentage of the population, and is the most common type of cancer. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest to recognize and treat. Catching skin cancer early is essential for successful removal of the cancer, as the earlier it is caught the easier it is to remove all of the cancerous cells without damaging a significant amount of surrounding tissue. Left alone, skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body and even become deadly, but when caught early, chances of a full recovery are high.
The expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego have years of experience diagnosing and treating all types of skin cancer, and urge their patients to undergo regular skin cancer screenings to lessen the chances of being caught unawares in a late stage of cancer.
How To Self-Check For Skin Cancer
Being aware of your skin is a big part of recognizing potential skin cancer, and dermatologists recommend seeing a doctor immediately if you see any of these ABCDE signs:
Asymmetrical mole or discoloration
Border that is blurred or irregular
Colors that vary or change within the same mole or discoloration
Diameter of larger than a pencil eraser
Elevation or evolution of a mole or discoloration
If you spot any of these signs, have the mole or discoloration examined as soon as possible by a board-certified dermatologist with experience in skin cancer. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and catching cancer at an early stage will prevent it spreading and becoming dangerous.