Are you concerned about your skin? Have you noticed changes in your moles, or maybe you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors? Join us for our FREE Skin Cancer Screening on May 13th!
What is skin cancer?
Skins cancer starts where we can see it; it begins on the skin. You may notice a slow-growing bump, a changing mole or a dry and rough scaly patch. When treated in its early stages, most skin cancers can be treated and cured.
There are two main types of skin cancers:
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers are the most common and are found mainly on the parts of the body that are most exposed to the sun.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body but more commonly start in certain locations. The neck and the face are common places, as well as the chest, back and legs. Melanoma is not as common as Basal and squamous cell skin cancers but can be far more serious. If left untreated it is much more likely to spread to other parts of the body where it can become difficult to treat.
How do I check my skin for signs of skin cancer?
The best time to check your skin is after a shower or bath. Make sure the lighting is good and use a mirror to help you to check hard to see areas and check from head to toe. Learn where your moles are, their usual appearance, and check to see if you notice anything new, such as:
- A change size, shape, color or feel of an existing mole
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- A new mole that looks different from your other moles
- A red or darker colored flaky patch that may look raised
- A new flesh-colored firm bump
Belcara Health’s board certified Dermatologist and leader in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, Dr. Ciro Martins, can answer your questions including how often you should examine your skin and especially what to do if you notice anything suspicious.
How do I protect my skin from skin cancer?
Here are six easy steps you can do to help protect your skin this summer, and all year long:
- Apply sunscreen every day. It’s not just direct sunlight that can damage your skin, but also the reflections all around you.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Your sunscreen should always be SPF 30 or higher, and you should apply an amount equal to the size of your palm to any visible skin. If you’re in direct sunlight, be sure to re-apply every 2 hours.
- Seek Shade The suns’ rays are at its strongest between 10 am and 2 pm, so find a nearby tree or umbrella to sit under, or simply go inside for a long lunch.
- Protect your skin with clothing. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long sleeve shirts are a great way to keep your skin protected from the harmful effects of the sun.
- Eat food naturally rich in Vitamin D. Sure, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D, but it’s not the safest. By eating foods like milk, salmon, tuna and dark greens, you can get the Vitamin D your body needs, safely.
- Check your skin regularly and schedule annual check-ups with a board-certified dermatologist to ensure that your skin stays healthy year after year.
To learn more about Belcara Health Dermatology, click here!
Don’t miss our FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING on Wednesday, May 13th from 8 am – 4 pm. RSVP to 410.296.0414