Getting Your Skin Screened For Cancer Could Save Your Life
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common human cancer seen in America today? A sizable 20 percent of us will develop skin cancer at least once in our lives while patients who've had it before are more likely to get it or some variation of it again.
With this in mind, attending routine scheduled skin examinations with your dermatologist is crucial for your long-term skin health, as catching the symptoms of skin cancer early can save you from a world of trouble later. That's why the dermatologists of Rosenman & Leventhan, PC, are leading the way in catching patients' skin cancer signs before they get out-of-control, as they know that adhering to routine skin check-ups can bring lasting skin health.
Take a look below at some potential red flags that regular skin cancer screenings can uncover on your body that might be cancerous:
- Brown spots with dark speckles
- Dark lesions on the sensitive areas of your hands and feet, mouth, nose, or genitalia
- Rounded growths that are translucent
- Moles that expand or start to itch and/or bleed
- Streaks beneath the nails that are often brown or black
- Sores or wounds that have extreme difficulty staying healed
- Groups of pink and/or red-colored scaly lesions
If these signs go unattended, they could manifest as skin cancer and, later, even take your life. That makes seeing a dermatologist pronto for a check-up very important towards keeping your skin healthy going forward.
Once you're seen by a dermatologist, he/she will conduct a biopsy of your skin and further evaluate any areas you feel concerned about to (hopefully) make sure they're not cancerous.
Take a look below at a few skin-saving tips you should start to invoke into your daily schedule that decrease your chances of developing skin cancer:
- Be under the sun as little as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (peak sunlight hours)
- Remember to wear a wide-brimmed hat as well as sunglasses when you're under the sun
- Use "broad spectrum" sunscreens throughout the year that carry an SPF of 15 or more and work against UVA and UVB rays
- Get your skin checked by your trusted dermatologist once annually if you're over 40 years old-- or more if you notice any concerning changes in your skin
For more information on why getting your skin checked routinely could save you from killer skin cancers later, give one of the skin experts at Rosenman & Leventhal, PC, a call today at (215) 321-3500 for potentially life-saving solutions available right here in Yardley, PA!