Self-examinations are a very important aspect of skin cancer prevention, allowing you to keep track of any concerning signs on your own and to seek expert help as early as possible. First, you need to know what to look for, to help with this there is a commonly used acronym that spells out the most common signs of skin cancer. The acronym is ABCDE, and it stands for asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, and evolving. You can learn more about skin cancer prevention by getting in contact with your local Pasadena and Houston, TX, dermatologists of Southeast Dermatology.
A symmetrical shape is one that looks almost as if you had placed a mirror in the middle of it, where the opposite side is practically a near reflection of the first. Asymmetry is the opposite, where one half doesn't match the other, and if you notice this on a mole or spot on your skin then it might need to be examined further.
Another thing to look for in moles or spots are borders that are jagged or pointy, or that are simply not very clearly defined.
Notice also if there is not a consistent color in the suspected spot, and if its pigmentation varies throughout.
Keep note of the size of moles and spots, you should consult with your doctor for any that are larger than about a 1/4" inch, 6mm, or if it's easier to visualize, if they are bigger than a pencil's eraser.
It's especially important to keep track of any changes, if you notice any of the above occurring over a period of months or even years then you should visit your dermatologist to have these spots examined.
Skin Cancer Treatment in Pasadena and Houston, TX
While self-examinations can fill in the gaps, regular checkups performed by your dermatologist are crucial for skin cancer prevention.
For help with the prevention and treatment of skin cancer you can schedule a consultation with Southeast Dermatology, serving the areas of Pasadena, Clear Lake, Baytown, Southeast Houston, Pearland, and Friendswood, TX, make an appointment by dialing (281) 991-5944 to reach the Pasadena, TX, office, and (281) 481-0033 for Houston, TX.