May 08, 2019

Spotted: What to look for when doing a self-skin exam

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States. This means that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Each year, there are more and more new cases of skin cancer occurring.

What many people do not know is that skin cancer is also the most preventable type of cancer. The key is to take steps to avoid sun exposure and to self-examine yourself monthly to spot potential signs of cancer early. In addition to a self-skin exam, it is also important to schedule a yearly doctor’s exam to have a professional look at your skin, to make sure your skin is free from early signs of skin disease.

Here are some things to look out for:

•    Skin sores that don’t heal
•    A mole or growth that appears new
•    Change in an existing spot or mole using the ABCDE rule
•    Asymmetry
•    Border irregularity
•    Color Change
•    Diameter is bigger than a pencil eraser
•    Evolving shape, color, or size
•    Any sort of discharge, itchiness, tenderness, redness, swelling, or change in texture (scaly)

If you do encounter a spot that seems of concern during your self-exam, contact a doctor for a second opinion. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Aesthetic Surgery Associates offers comprehensive dermatology care for all patients.

Dr. Marie Wagener & Heather Davis MS,PA-C bring a fresh line of dermatology offerings to Aesthetic Surgery Associates as our in-house dermatology team. Providing general and cosmetic dermatology services, both Dr. Wagener and PA Heather work to ensure the patient’s skin is protecting the body from illness and injury. 

To schedule a yearly exam or a check-up with Dr. Marie Wagener or PA Heather Davis, please contact us today.