With new cases of skin cancer on the rise, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends taking precautions to protect your skin from overexposure to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds, as well as regular skin cancer screenings. While freckles and moles are not necessarily a sign of skin cancer, it is important to check your skin for new growths or changes to existing moles. Dr. Marco Petrazzuoli, a dermatologist in Milford, CT, offers a range of treatment options for the various forms of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Screening and Dermatology Services in Milford, CT
There are three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
In addition to moles, other signs of skin cancer (depending on the type) may include:
- Red or pearly growths
- Scaly patches
- Sores that re-open after healing
How to Check Your Moles for Signs of Skin Cancer
Checking your moles is important because changes to existing moles or new growths can be a sign of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. In addition to regular check-ups and skin cancer screenings with a dermatologist, regular self-checks can help you spot changes or new growths on your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggest using the ABCDE method to check your moles for signs of melanoma:
A - Asymmetry (The mole is uneven in shape or size, not uniform on both sides. Healthy moles are typically round or oval in shape).
B- Borders (The mole doesn't have a clear circular border or edge)
C - Color (Look for different colors/shades in one mole - brown and black, blue, white, and/or red)
D - Diameter (Normal moles are usually about 1/4 inch, or the size of a pencil eraser. A larger or growing mole can be a sign of melanoma)
E- Evolving (Look for changes to an existing mole, as well as new growths)
Find a Dermatologist in Milford, CT
For more information about skin cancer prevention, screening and treatment, contact Connecticut Coastline Dermatology by calling (203) 301-5860 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Petrazzuoli to schedule an appointment today.