Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed each year. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment. To spot skin cancer early, it’s important to conduct regular self-examinations of your skin. This can be done by using a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror to check your entire body, including hard-to-see areas such as the scalp, soles of your feet, and between your toes. Look for any new or changing moles, sores, or growths, as well as any areas of discoloration or redness. Use this infographic to familiarize yourself with “ABCDE” signs of melanoma and follow the instructions on “how to conduct a skin-care self examination.”
It’s also important to be mindful of sun exposure and take steps to protect your skin, such as using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure during peak hours. If you notice any changes in your skin or have any concerns, it’s important to see a dermatologist for a professional evaluation. Consult with us at DrNewMed to book an appointment for a virtual or in-person visit.