Skin cancer prevention and screening in Englewood/South Denver and Lone Tree
Skin cancer is among the most common forms of cancer in the United States, affecting approximately one out of every five individuals at some point in life. Over three thousand people die from non-melanoma cancers, and over nine thousand die from melanoma every year. A heartbreaking fact is that most of these tragedies could have been prevented. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of skin cancers are attributed to UV exposure, which is avoidable. Additionally, most skin cancer can be treated successfully if detected in the early stages.
How to protect yourself
The team of board-certified dermatologists and other skin care experts at AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, PC, is dedicated to fighting these statistics, and helping their patients in Englewood/South Denver and Lone Tree stay healthy. Protecting yourself from skin cancer is a three-phase process:
- Be sun-smart (wear broad-spectrum sunscreen and protective clothing; seek shade in the brutal midday sun) and don’t use indoor tanning.
- Perform a self-exam at least once a month. Awareness of your own skin, and of any changes that occur, are crucial for detecting cancer as well as other skin conditions early.
- Visit us for cancer screening at least once a year. According to an extensive population based study, which was published in the JAAD (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology), cancer screening by physicians reduced melanoma deaths by 50 percent.
What to look for during a self-exam
Any unexplained changes in your skin may be cause for concern. It is important to familiarize yourself with the marks and growths on your skin, so that you will notice any changes. The most common warning signs include:
- Any lesion that increases in size or changes shape, texture, or color
- Large (over .25 inches) moles or other lesions
- Moles with an irregular shape or jagged edge
- New moles that develop after the age of 21
- Lesions that persistently crust, ooze, bleed, hurt, or itch
- Open sores that don’t heal within three weeks
The best rule of thumb is, “when in doubt, have a professional check it out.” If you haven’t had a cancer screening in the last 12 months, or if you notice anything suspicious during your self-exam, call 303.756.SKIN (7546) and schedule an appointment at AboutSkin. We have two convenient locations in Englewood/South Denver and Lone Tree.