There are many questions you may have about skin cancer. Who is at risk? What are the symptoms? How can I prevent it? Where can it develop? Understanding the basics of skin cancer can help answer all of these questions, as well as assist in protecting yourself against it. Should you have further specific questions regarding its development or treatment options, contact your dermatologist in St. Louis MO.
Skin cancer is considered the most common form of cancer. Statistics show that approximately 5.4 million cases are diagnosed each year. Additionally, in 2016, melanoma—the most deadly form of skin cancer—is expected to account for approximately 76,000 cases.
There are several different types of skin cancer, and understanding each one can help the treatment and recovery outlook. Because skin cancer attacks the skin, it can essentially develop anywhere on the skin’s surface; the high risk areas are those that have increased sun exposure. The different types of cancer include:
Because early detection means that more positive outcomes are possible, it is advised that you perform a self-exam on a monthly basis. At Laser Lipo and Vein, Our St. Louis dermatology experts and physicians also suggest that you visit for a baseline exam to get an overall “map” of any moles and spots. From here, your monthly exams can check for any changes that may occur on existing moles/spots. During your exam, we will also outline the ABCDEs of skin cancer detection to ensure that you can properly check for potential skin cancer. Call your dermatologist in St. Louis today to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your risk factors and how to protect yourself against skin cancer.