Skin Check

How to Check Your Skin

Following are skin self-exam recommendations endorsed by the American Cancer Society, and the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Examine your skin for changes in the appearance of moles or other skin spots in bright natural light or a well-lighted area. Use a mirror for areas of the body you cannot see or have someone assist you.
  • Check your skin every month, and have a doctor check your skin yearly.

Please consult your doctor or make an appointment to see one of our physicians at Ginsburg Dermatology if you have any of the following warning signs:

  • One half of a mole does not match the other
  • A mole has an irregular, ragged, or blurred border
  • The mole’s color is not the same all over, but may have differing shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of red, white or blue
  • The size of mole is larger than 6 millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser) or is growing larger
  • The mole has a history of bleeding or itching or enlargement

Skin Cancer Prevention

Repeated exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most important preventable cause of skin cancer. People in southern regions, where the sunlight is more intense, are more likely to develop melanoma than those in northern regions. Early detection and frequent skin exams by both you and your physicians are key to preventing complications and progression to skin cancer.

Genetic factors and immune system deficiencies have been linked to skin cancer. Also, malignant melanoma has been linked to past sunburns and sun exposure at younger ages. Children should wear a daily sunscreen and protective clothing from infancy, and should avoid outdoor play between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are most intense.