According to National Cancer Institute if you have had cumulative exposure to the sun over the years, you are at increased risk for developing skin cancer.
Have a mole that is new or changing in size, texture or color?
We routinely remove suspicious lesions. Please call and set an appointment for evaluation.
Moles with any of the following characteristics need to be evaluated:
Signs of skin cancer ABCDE rule
- A for asymmetry: A mole that, when divided in half, doesn't look the same on both sides
- B for border: A mole with edges that are blurry or jagged
- C for color: Changes in the color of a mole, including darkening, spread of color, loss of color, or the appearance of multiple colors such as blue, red, white, pink, purple or gray
- D for diameter: A mole larger than 1/4 inch in diameter
- E for elevation: A mole that is raised above the skin and has an uneven surface
Tips on preventing skin cancer
- Avoid the sun, especially from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest
- Don't use tanning booths or sunlamps
- Wear protective clothing and a hat whenever you go outside. Remember that you are often exposed to the sun while driving, especially your hands and arms
- Wear sunglasses that wrap and are rated to block at least 99% of UVA sunlight
- Check your skin every month for signs of skin cancer. If you see an area on your skin that looks unusual, call us