When it comes to your skin, you do your best to protect it. You know that this is the most extensive organ your body has, covering you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. You especially focus on visible areas, applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. However, you still worry about dangerous conditions that can affect your skin. Melanoma is your biggest concern. Others in your family have suffered from this severe form of skin cancer. You want to know what you should be looking for to stay on top of what is happening with your skin.
How Can You Check Your Skin for Melanoma
Believe it or not, you don’t have to pay attention to your skin only in the hottest months. You need to check it all year long. Pick a time once a month when you check your skin. Start at your head and move on to your feet. You need to look for any new moles that show up on your body or moles that have changed. Pay attention to moles that grow bigger, are asymmetrical, don’t have borders that are clear, or that have strange colors. If your moles have lots of different browns, blues, whites, or reds, you need to take action. It’s important to be consistent and keep checking your skin for melanoma (and others) every month to give yourself peace of mind.
Turn to a Dermatologist for a Skin Cancer Screening
In addition to your own efforts, you can have an annual screening with our dermatologist to check your skin for the presence of melanoma or any other types of skin cancer. Our dermatologist can be more thorough in checking those hard-to-reach places and your scalp, which is a danger zone. Our dermatologist may map your skin, marking any moles you have as a point of reference for future visits. If you have had skin cancer in the past or you are at high risk, our dermatologist may bring you in twice a year or more to check your skin. If melanoma and other types of skin cancer are caught early, the success rate is much higher with treatment.
Make Your Appointment for a Skin Cancer Screening Today
Be proactive with your skin health and make an appointment to have a skin cancer screening today at Derm.CA, located in Calgary. We can give you skin care tips and advise you if there are any concerns that require you to take action.