When it comes to knowing your skin, you are your best expert clinician. You observe it, feel it, protect it, and live in it every day. That’s why no one knows your skin like you do, even your health care provider. The skin is the body’s largest organ and performs many vital functions to maintain health. Take care of your body by taking care of its first line of defense: the skin. The first steps in this process are to understand facts about skin cancer and know the warning signs of areas of concern on the skin.
At Dermatology Associates, your skin and your skin health our some of our top priorities. We encourage all of our patients to be aware of existing and new skin anomalies like moles, freckles or dark spots. While some of these come with age, they can also be early signs of more serious damage or conditions. Talk to your dermatologist about any and all skin issues, and we can help you determine the most appropriate course of treatment. To schedule your appointment, contact Dermatology Associates today.
There are different types of cancer that can occur on the skin and each can vary in severity. The three most common types of skin cancer include melanoma, basal cell skin cancer, and squamous cell skin cancer. Although skin cancer can occur for a number of reasons, the most common cause of skin cancer is overexposure to sunlight.
Any form of skin cancer can be serious if left untreated or the cancer spreads to a larger portion of the skin, deeper into body tissue and organs, or into the lymph node system. It is important to know early warning signs of problem areas on the skin and notify a specialist, such as a dermatologist, at the first sign of changes in your skin.
Areas of concern that can signify pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions on the skin mainly pertain to changes in the appearance of the skin. Depending on the type of cancer, concerning lesions can present in different colors such as pearly, red, brown, blue, or black. The area can be flat to the skin or raised in the form of a bump or a mole. Concerning areas requiring health care provider evaluation may appear crusty, appear as a scar-like lesion, bleed easily, or have an irregular border. Any area that changes in color, size, or characteristics should be evaluated by a health care practitioner immediately.
While all forms of cancer that occurs on the skin may not always be able to be prevented, the most important steps in maintaining health are early detection and early intervention. You are your own best expert clinician, and your skin is the body’s protector. If you detect an area of concern or an area of change, contact Dermatology Associates. We have three offices for your convenience – Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin. Take the initiative and make your appointment to maintain a healthy you by maintaining your healthy skin.