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Protect your skin against cancer with these simple steps.
Skin cancer doesn’t just affect people who are fair-skinned or those who have a family history of skin cancer. The fact of the matter is that anyone who spends time in the sun, particularly without sunscreen, could develop skin cancer. With summer in full swing here in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, our dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen want you to be fully protected against skin cancer.
Choose the Right Sunscreen
This is non-negotiable. The best way to protect against the harmful sun’s rays is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Look for one that has at least an SPF of 30 and apply a generous amount to your face and body 20-30 minutes before going outside. Also, make sure to reapply every two hours.
Apply Sunscreen 365 Days a Year
Sunscreen isn’t just for those warm, summer months. The fact is, you need to be wearing sunscreen every day to protect against skin cancer (yes, even on cloudy or wintery Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, days). The sun can easily reflect off snow and penetrate clouds to damage the skin. Play it safe and always wear sunscreen.
Know-How to Spot a Suspicious Mole
You must know what to look for when it comes to a suspicious or changing mole. Moles don’t change much throughout the years so if you notice a mole getting larger, changing shape, or developing different colors then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a dermatologist. Also, if you notice a clear or skin-colored mole develop, or a mole that oozes, crusts over, or bleeds, these are also warning signs of cancer.
Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day
The sun’s rays are at their most powerful between the hours of 10 am-4 pm. So, you may want to wait either until the early morning hours or until the evening to get out into the garden or to mow the lawn. Otherwise, if you must go outside it’s best to wear protective clothing, as well as a hat and glasses, and to seek shade whenever possible.
If you would like to schedule a skin cancer screening, Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic has offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC. Call Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen at (864) 224-7577 for Anderson, (864) 882-7747 for Seneca, or (800) 922-7546 for Abbeville, SC.
How your dermatologists in Anderson, SC, can help treat your skin cancer
There are many types of skin cancer, each with a different level of seriousness. While melanoma is one of the more serious types of skin cancer, it is indeed treatable if it is coupled with early detection and early treatment.
With several convenient office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, the dermatologists here at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offer a full range of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments including melanoma treatment. Read on to learn more about their life-saving treatments!
More about melanoma treatments
The first step in dealing with skin cancer is prevention. Always put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and SPF 30 or higher if you spend a lot of time outside. In addition to sunscreen, you should do a self-check of your skin regularly and look for moles or discolorations that have:
- A change in color
- A change in size or height
- An irregular, asymmetrical shape
- Irregular, poorly-defined borders
- A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
You should also pay attention to any moles, discolorations, or abnormalities that are painful, itchy, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek out the services of your dermatologist for a comprehensive skin examination, and skin biopsy (a type of screening that determines which kind of skin cancer you have). If you are diagnosed with melanoma, it’s vital that you begin treatment immediately.
Some of the most common treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers include:
- Surgical excision to remove the cancerous tissue
- Radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery and radiation to eliminate cancerous tissue
- Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer layer-by-layer
- Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight skin cancer
Give us a call!
To find out more about treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers, call the dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, South Carolina. Call today!
It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.
From the office of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen located in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Here is what to look for when it comes to skin cancer and when you should come into our office for a consultation.
Know Your ABCDEs
The ABCDE method is one of the best methods that you could follow for determining whether or not a mole requires further medical attention. While this method tends to refer to skin changes associated with melanoma, remember that there are other types of skin cancer, as well.
Asymmetry: In a healthy mole, you should be able to draw an imaginary line down the middle and see that both sides are mirror images in terms of size, shape and color. If one side has an uneven or ragged border, then it is time for the mole to be examined.
Border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border that is even and smooth. If you notice that the mole’s border is poorly defined or is jagged or oddly shaped, then it is worth investigating further.
Color: Moles come in many different shades of brown; however, a healthy mole should only be a single color. If you notice multiple shades or colors in a mole, this could be a sign of skin cancer.
Diameter: While not always the case, most healthy moles are usually less than the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma is often larger than 6mm; however, early-stage melanoma can be smaller.
Evolving: It is important that you examine your skin regularly so that you are able to spot changes to your moles. Healthy moles do not change much over the years, it is the ones that do change that need a closer examination from a medical professional. If you notice any growths that itch, crust over or bleed, then you need to make an appointment.
Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offers clinics in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Regardless of whether you are noticing changes to a mole or you just want to schedule a routine skin cancer screening, don’t hesitate to call our office today. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.