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.