Keep Your Skin Healthy with Regular Mole Checks
While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the US, it is one of the easiest to find, treat, and prevent. With regular mole checks, people are able to spot and treat trouble spots early, preventing small carcinomas or pre-cancerous areas from ever becoming dangerous. Adrian Dobrescu Dermatology–located in the heart of New Orleans—can help you check your moles, learn to spot trouble areas, and remove moles before they become dangerous.
Consistent mole checks
To keep your skin healthy, you will want to check your skin regularly to see if there are significant changes that need to be checked by a doctor. But how can you know the difference between a healthy mole and cancerous one?
You will need to regularly check your moles for color, consistently, shape, and size. Healthy moles are usually light brown or tan in color, oval, smooth, and smaller than a quarter-inch in diameter (that’s about the size of a pencil eraser). Moreover, healthy moles are usually located on the upper half of the body—the back, neck, shoulders, and face. Cancerous moles are usually more aberrant. They can have irregular shapes, larger sizes, and be darker or redder in color. Also, moles that grow larger, change appearance, or develop in adulthood should always be checked by a doctor.
If you do find a suspicious-looking mole, you should immediately see a dermatologist to see if it is dangerous. Usually, the doctor will examine the mole and take a biopsy if necessary. If the mole needs to be removed, the procedure is actually fairly simple.
Prevention is crucial
Most basal cell carcinomas are caused by consistent sun damage. To minimize the risk of skin cancer, engage in regular skin protection. Use sunscreen, cover up with sun-protective clothing, and stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. With sun protection and regular, monthly skin checks, you can effectively decrease the chances of having cancerous moles becoming life-threatening.
Also, remember that only a doctor can diagnose skin cancer and perform a clinical mole check. Do the best for your skin health; contact us and schedule an appointment to see if your moles are healthy. At Adrian Dobrescu Dermatology, we can check for dangerous moles and other skin aberrations, perform mole removals, and help you find a way to your best skin health. Contact us today to book your consultation at any of our four New Orleans locations!