Skin Cancer Tips: How to Check for It
Skin cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer in the United States. Affecting nearly 500,000 new patients each year, skin cancer is luckily easily treatable. However, just like with any form of cancer, the faster you detect it, the easier it is to treat and the higher your success rate is. To make sure that you catch cancer early on, we have created a list of a few tips to use. Read on to learn more.
How To Check For Cancer At Home
Get into the regular habit of conducting a self-examination on your skin once a month. When doing a self-examination, the best way to do it is in the shower— that way you can look at every part of your body. To start out, start at your feet and work your way up. Because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head, you can either ask your significant other to check the backside of your body for abnormalities, or you can use a mirror.
When doing a self-examination, check for:
- Large Moles
- Moles that are black or have changed colors
- Moles that have changed sizes
- Moles that have spots in it
- Moles that are itchy
- Moles that are inflamed
- Moles that are red
If you do notice any of these abnormalities, contact Tracy Evans’ office today.
Regular In-Office Examination
Dr. Tracy Evans encourages all of her patients to come into her office about once a year to get examined for skin changes or abnormalities. During this brief examination, Dr. Evans will ask you to change into a hospital gown and will then go over every part of your body to check for any areas of concern. If she does spot anything, you can discuss your treatment options.
Schedule A Consultation
The best way to treat skin cancer is to catch it before it gets worse. To learn more about how you can spot skin cancer or to schedule an examination, contact Dr. Tracy Evans today!