Is it skin cancer?
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during a lifetime. It’s by far the most common type of cancer.
In this video, Nick Grimm, PA-C, at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, discusses skin cancer and what signs to look for.
Most skin cancers are the result of too much exposure to ultraviolet light, which is found in sunlight and in lights used in tanning beds.
“In this area we have a number of fair-complected people in our population that really enjoy being out in the sun and over time there’s a cumulative effect of that sun damage,” Grimm says.
When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
If you have moles, here are some things to look for when doing self-exams:
- Is it asymmetrical?
- Is the border irregular?
- Are there different colors in it?
- Is the diameter larger than a pencil head eraser?
- Is it growing, bleeding or irritated?
This list includes general guidelines but shouldn’t be used in place of an annual exam or scheduling a skin exam with a dermatology services provider if you are suspicious of a mole.
“We don’t want the onus to be on people to figure out whether something is cancerous,” Grimm says. “If it’s worrisome, we want you to come in and have it evaluated.”
To find out more and discuss your needs, schedule an appointment by calling 920-288-8240 or request an appointment online.