Posts for: November, 2020
How your dermatologists in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts can help you avoid skin cancer.
Moles are a common skin issue, and most moles are normal. Some moles may be an early sign of skin cell changes which could indicate skin cancer. How can you tell the difference? It’s important to know what to look for when you monitor your moles.
The dermatologists of Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts offer a wide variety of skincare and medical dermatology services, including taking care of your moles.
Moles are caused by a skin cell known as a melanocyte, which is responsible for skin color. When these cells clump together, a mole forms. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles. Normal moles will be uniform in shape and color and be smaller than 6 millimeters in diameter.
You should monitor your moles regularly, and make a note of any moles that are:
- Greater than 6 millimeters in diameter
- Irregularly shaped with ragged borders
- Painful, itching, or burning
- Bleeding or oozing
Other suspicious moles are moles that have grown back after previous removal or moles that have changed in color, shape, size, or height.
Visit your dermatologist if you notice any moles with the characteristics listed above. Your dermatologist may want to take a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is normal, precancerous, or cancerous.
Your dermatologist may want to shave the mole; the area will be numbed and then the mole will be shaved out. There are no sutures required for this type of removal. This is a great treatment for small moles.
The mole may also be removed completely using a punching instrument. This type of mole removal involves placing just a few sutures afterward.
You can do a lot to prevent skin cancer by monitoring your moles and always wearing sunscreen when you go outside. Make certain you wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, or an SPF of at least 30 if you plan on being outside for long periods of time.
Monitoring your moles is easy, and should take only a few minutes, but it can save your life. To find out more about preventing skin cancer and other dermatology questions, call the dermatologists of Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts at (781) 237-3500. Call today.
Many Americans struggle with some form of skin cancer, which is a condition that causes abnormal growth of skin cells. Types range from basal cell carcinoma (mild) to melanoma (potentially fatal), and prevention is key when it comes to fighting all types. Prevention starts with a visit to the Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., where one of our many dermatologists will examine your body from head to toe to ensure that nothing needs to be further addressed. If you feel like something doesn't look right, don't wait. Visit our Wellesley Hills, MA office for a skin assessment as soon as possible.
Skin Cancer Prevention
There are several steps to minimize the risk of skin cancer. Since most kinds result from ultraviolet (UV) rays given off by the sun, it's best to avoid that bright yellow circle in the sky during its peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When spending time outside during these hours, seek shade if necessary, always apply sunscreen (appropriately) with at least 30 SPF, and wear protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat or long-sleeved shirt. Additionally, it's helpful to avoid indoor tanning beds and sunburn in general. You should also examine your skin monthly for any out-of-the-ordinary freckles or moles that don't look like the rest.
When to Visit a Dermatologist
When it comes to skin cancer, several signs point to concern. At Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., consider our team of dermatologists your allies in the prevention strategy and will discuss all treatment options should you require any procedures. You should especially visit our Wellesley Hills, MA office if something unusual or new appears on your body. We also recommend scheduling an appointment if you a particular mole or area changing in color or texture, have a sore that heals and reopens, pigmented bumps with pearly edges, or dark lesions on the hands, feet, mouth, or nose.
Skin cancer prevention can be life-saving. Our large team of professionals encourages annual physical examinations to rule out any abnormalities. They can also address questions and concerns during the initial consultation. For more information about skin cancer, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C., visit our website. Please call (781) 237-3500 for appointment scheduling in our Wellesley Hills, MA office.