Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Below is a list of resources and materials that can help you identify problem areas at home. If you think you have a troubling area of the skin that needs to be looked at, please call us and set up an appointment with one of our Dermatologists immediately.
As stated above, early detection is key in the treatment of skin cancer. Below is the American Academy of Dermatology's Self-Detection pamphlet, designed to help educate you on your skin as well as a body mole map that will help you identify marks and monitor their growth.
DETECT Skin Cancer
PREVENT Skin Cancer
SPOT Skin Cancer
Detect Skin Cancer
Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
AAD: How To: Skin Self-Exam
Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. If you have melanoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about melanoma, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated.
American Cancer Society: Melanoma Risk Factors
Skin Cancer Foundation
Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.
The American Academy of Dematology
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 19,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.