Five things to know for skin cancer awareness month

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Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, and it is a real condition that can be life-threatening. Early detection is key to ensuring this condition doesn’t progress and become a more serious issue. Below are five things you need to know about skin cancer! 

  • There are various types of cancers. There are three primary varieties of skin cancer that can be diagnosed, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. The most dangerous form is melanoma, and it commonly forms within moles on the skin.
  • Patients should have annual skin cancer screenings with a dermatologist. It is strongly recommended that adults visit a dermatologist every year for an annual screening for skin cancer. This allows the dermatologist to keep track of any changes in the skin that might be indicative of skin cancer and take a biopsy as needed.
  • Early detection and treatment is critical. Skin cancer is treated easier in patients who have caught it in the earliest stages. This is another reason why routine skin cancer screenings are extremely beneficial in one’s outcome with a skin cancer diagnosis.
  • There are certain growths that can become cancerous.  Actinic keratoses are precancerous lesions that may be tested and removed before they turn into a serious problem. Knowing the signs of actinic keratoses and the changes that occur when cancer develops on skin growths is critical to knowing when to call a dermatologist for an evaluation.
  • Protecting the skin is a great way to prevent or reduce your risk. Prevention is a great way to either prevent or reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, so wear high SPF broadband sunscreen every day and reapply as needed when outdoors for extended periods of time.

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