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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on May 01, 2013

I am blogging live from Miami International Airport where I just enjoyed a wonderful spa conference.  And although I was super careful to keep this porcelain skin in the shade, I did get a little pink.  We had several dermatology lectures this weekend and one that spoke to me revolved around the risk factors associated with developing a melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer. 

Here are the basics.  If you have a lesion that worries you, see a podiatrist or dermatologist immediately to have it biopsied.  Make sure you are scanning your body at least once a month for any changes associated with skin lesions.  Some changes include:

A – asymmetrical shape (not round)

B – irregular borders

C – change in color (darkening usually)

D – diameter (larger than 5mm)

E – elevation (is it raised?)

More importantly, certain people are just plain at risk for skin cancer.  And since I fit into most categories, I have to let you as my patients, family, and friends know – I will be nagging you to biopsy those lesions.  The only way to make sure it isn’t cancer is to take a biopsy.  It can save your life.

Here are some other risk factors:  Blonde hair, blue or green eyes, history of skin cancer in the family, Caucasian, female, 1 blistering sunburn before the age of 20, outdoor summer job between ages 16-20, summer sport athletes. 

What can you do?  Check your skin, ask questions, WEAR sunscreen (at least SPF 50) and get any lesion that seems strange to you biopsied.  For more information please call our office at 309-661-9975 or www.heartlandfootandankle.com   We are happy to help!!