Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancers such as melanoma. While Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, it is the most dangerous and accounts for 75% of the total deaths related to skin cancer. Broad-spectrum protection is essential to preventing skin cancer in the first place. Broad-spectrum simply means to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB Rays.Patients can limit their UV exposure by wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, using sunglasses and hats, and by avoiding tanning beds.
Wondering if your mole may be cancerous? Look for the ABCDE's of Melanoma. If you see one or more, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately.
A- Asymmetrical Shape: Melanoma lesions are not symmetrical in shape
B-Border: Melanoma lesions have irregular borders whereas non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders.
C-Color: More than one color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma such as blue, tan, brown, black, etc…
D-Diameter: Melanoma lesions are often greater than six millimeters in diameter
E-Evolution: If a mole has gone through any recent changes in size, shape or color, call a dermatologist immediately.
At International Vein & Skin Institute, our Park Ridge skin care doctor can help treat your melanoma. Contact us today to find out how we can help!