When it comes to checking for skin cancer, the most common sign that you should look for is any issues with your moles. Everyone has at least a few moles on their body, and you should be checking them often to make sure that there aren’t any irregularities or problems with any of them. Your dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena and Houston, TX, can help you understand what signs of skin cancer you should be looking for and when a mole should be examined by your dermatologist.
When to Get a Mole Checked
Moles are usually harmless and don’t need any specific care or treatment but are also the most likely place for certain skin cancers to develop. This is why it’s very important to make sure that you’re checking your moles on a monthly basis to look for any irregularities. You should be checking every area of your body and the most common thing to look for is if multiple moles appear at once.
You should also be looking for physical irregularities like irregular borders, discoloration, bleeding and cracking, moles larger than half an inch, and a mole that has drastically changed in overall appearance. When you’re keeping an eye on your moles, you’ll be able to spot early signs of skin cancer, which makes it easier to treat.
When you start noticing any issues with your moles, you should visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for an examination. Your dermatologist will then determine if your mole needs to be biopsied for further testing and this makes it easier to combat skin cancer.
Contact Your Dermatologist Today
Don’t let an infected mole go unchecked. Contact your dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena and Houston, TX, to learn about checking for skin cancer and how you can prevent it. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (281) 991-5944 for the office in Pasadena, TX, and (281) 481-0033 for the office in Houston, TX.