Our dermatologists recommend a monthly self examination of the skin as well as a yearly skin exam by one of our dermatologists, so that any new or changing skin cancer can be found and removed early.  Skin cancers found early are almost always curable!  Learn about the ABCDE’s of skin cancer and what to look for during an exam.  If you spot anything suspicious, see one of our dermatologists.  It is recommended to have one of our dermatologists do a full-body exam first, to make sure that any existing spots, freckles, or moles are normal.

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Because each has many different appearances, it is important to know early warning signs. Some of the warning signs include:

A skin growth that changes size and/or appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored

  • A mole, birthmark, or spot that:
    • changes color
    • increases in size or thickness
    • changes in texture
    • is irregular in outline
    • is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
  • An open sore that does not heal within three weeks