Regular check-ups are an important part of effective prevention of skin cancer. Conspicuous areas of skin can be documented by picture and thus changes can be detected and treated at a very early stage in the course of regular follow-up examinations.
Skin cancer develops gradually. Especially the black skin cancer (melanoma) develops in most cases from previously existing moles. If you notice changes of moles, birthmarks or pigmentation marks on your body, this is the first step towards prevention.
Most melanomas are asymmetrical, while regular moles are round, oval or somehow symmetrical. If not let it check.
Melanoma borders tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges. Common moles tend to have smooth or even borders.
Multiple colors are a warning sign. Regular mole have a single shade of brown. Melanome tend to have different shade of brown, tan or black. Red or blood is an indication, to be checked by a doctor
While it’s ideal to detect a melanoma when it is small – which is difficult -, it’s a warning sign if a mole gets bigger than 5 mm.
Any change in size, shape, color or elevation of a spot on your skin, or any new symptom in it, such as bleeding, itching or crusting, may be a warning sign of melanoma.
But even if there are no concrete abnormalities, all medical and oncological professional associations recommend regular skin cancer screening. Skin cancer can now be treated very well if it is detected in time and treatment is initiated immediately. And since most fair-skinned people who have been in the sun more often have a certain risk of skin cancer, one should have a professional examination.
In our dermatological practice, we draw up an examination plan for each patient, after the individual risk profile has been established, in which the follow-up examinations are planned. Depending on whether preliminary stages were discovered during the examination, the intervals between the controls are scheduled more closely.
The aim of follow-up examinations is to select the intervals so that changes in the skin can be detected in good time and examined more closely before they reach a critical or even dangerous stage.
Please arrange your appointment for your regular skin cancer checkup here in our dermatologist's practice.
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