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Regular skin exams from your dermatologists in Charleston, SC, can help protect you against skin cancer.
If you think you might have skin cancer, it can be scary. The good news is, your dermatologist can help protect you against skin cancer by performing regular skin exams. Having regular skin exams helps diagnose skin cancer early when it is easily treatable.
The dermatologists at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, offer comprehensive skincare and dermatology services, including diagnosing and treating skin cancer.
Regular skin exams are important for everyone, but they are especially important if you:
- Have fair skin
- Have a history of skin cancer
- Spend a lot of time out in the sun
- Get sunburns easily or frequently
You can do a self-exam at home to look for any skin abnormalities. You should be looking for:
- Itchy, scaly skin patches that don’t go away
- Moles with diameters larger than 6 millimeters
- Moles with irregular, asymmetrical shapes
- Moles with uneven, ragged borders
- New moles that have recurred after previous removal
In fact, you should pay attention to any mole that has changed in size, shape, color, or other characteristics.
If you see any areas or moles that look abnormal, it’s time to seek out the help of your dermatologist. Diagnostic procedures include taking a skin sample of the area for biopsy to determine the presence of cell abnormalities or cancer. A biopsy will also determine what type and stage of skin cancer you have.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your dermatologist will discuss treatment options with you. Treatment options may include shaving or removing the mole, MOHS micrographic surgery, and other options.
To learn more about how skin exams can protect you from skin cancer, talk with the experts by calling the dermatologists at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC. You can reach them at (843) 797-3960 today!
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., reports the American Academy of Dermatology. Luckily, skin cancer is one of the easiest types of cancer to prevent. The Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology® share a few tips that will help you protect your skin from the sun and lower your skin cancer risk.
Make sunscreen use a daily habit
Contrary to popular belief, your skin can be damaged by the sun even if you don't develop a sunburn. Using sunscreen every day will help reduce your skin cancer risk.
When you buy sunscreen, make sure the product you buy provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen periodically throughout the day, especially after sweating or swimming. Experts recommend that you use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Using less may mean that some parts of your body will be unprotected.
It's just as important to use sunscreen during the winter months. Although the sun's rays may be a little weaker, you can still develop skin damage and sunburn when you're outdoors, particularly if you participate in winter sports.
Stay out of the sun
Staying out of the sun as much as possible will help you avoid skin damage. Find shady spots when you're outdoors or bring a canopy or umbrella to the Charleston beach with you. Even if you faithfully stick to the shade, you'll still need to wear sunscreen, as the sand and other surfaces tend to reflect the sun.
Buy some shades
Skin cancer can also affect your eyes, plus sun exposure can increase your cataract risk. Wear sunglasses that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays to decrease the risk.
Wear protective clothing
Choose lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your skin as much as possible when outdoors. Wearing rash guards, hats, pants and long-sleeve shirts offer a simple way to prevent the sun's rays from reaching your skin.
Protecting your skin from the sun and visiting the dermatologist when you notice any unusual spots or changes in moles is the best way to safeguard your health. If you're concerned about skin issues, call the Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology® at (843) 797-3960 to schedule an appointment.