One thing that all types of dermal cancers have in common is that early detection is key. Cancer screenings are vital, as is reporting any unusual or new moles to your dermatologist. The earlier your dermal cancer is detected, the more likely you and your doctor can develop an effective treatment plan.
People of all races and skin types can get dermal cancer. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, consult Dr. Holy as soon as possible.
- Any skin lesion that grows larger and/or turns pearly, translucent, brown, black or multi-colored
- An open sore or wound that does not heal, persists for more than four weeks or heals and later reopens
- Any skin spot growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, erode or bleed for several weeks
You are not helpless when it comes to preventing dermal cancer. There are things that you can do to prevent it or recognize it as early as possible. Things you can do to reduce your risk of getting dermal cancer:
Seek Shade: Shade is not only the best place to go in the heat of the midday sun, but one of the safest places to be for your skin.
Wear protective gear: If you know you’re going to be spending time in the sun, there are some things you can take along to protect your skin and eyes.
Use sunscreen: A little bit of cream, spray or gel can save your skin.
Self-Exam: The best way to catch cancer before it catches you is to discover it early. Take advantage of the fact that your skin is the most visible organ of the body and check it regularly.
When detected early, dermal cancer is highly treatable. Dr. Holy in Phoenix recommends a thorough skin examination every year or as any changes in skin appearance occur. To schedule a skin exam, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com. Remember, healthy skin is beautiful skin.