Change can happen so often and so fast that sometimes it can be hard to keep up. It can be okay not to notice changes when they’re something like missing out on the latest fashion trend or television shows getting moved to different nights of the week, but it’s an entirely different story when it comes to your health. One of the most common types of cancer in the United States is skin cancer, and proactively checking your skin for signs of change can make all the difference in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
Skin cancer will usually develop in an area of the body that is exposed to the greatest amount of the sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays. These rays can cause skin cells to grow abnormally. Genetics can also affect skin cancer. The most common areas are found on the face, hands, arms, chest, and back, but it can also develop on lesser exposed areas such as the scalp, lips, neck, ears, feet.
The most common indicator of a skin cancer will often appear in the form of a suspicious mole, spot on the skin, or even a freckle, but identifiable variations and changes in these skin lesions are what can identify them as the beginning stages of skin cancer. While early detection is beneficial for any illness, it can be critical for skin cancer. It’s important to keep an eye on your skin and perform regular self-checks to monitor any potential changes.
Some examples of what to look for when checking your skin are moles that have changed in size or color, pearly bumps, or other lesions. If you have concerns about marks on your skin, it’s important to talk to a dermatologist as soon as possible. Our team, which includes multiple board-certified dermatologists, is happy to talk to you at one of our offices across Virginia and have consultations to discuss what is happening and what your options are. There is a chance that nothing major could be happening, but it’s always better to be safe.
If you notice any changes to your skin or have more questions about signs of skin cancer, contact us today at RidgeView Dermatology to schedule a consultation with our team. We proudly serve Virginia with offices in Forest, Lynchburg, and Smith Mtn. Lake. Contact us today!