How Do You Know If A Spot Is Skin Cancer?

How Do You Know If A Spot Is Skin Cancer?

It's very important to routinely examine your skin and to be aware of the possible warning signs that something may be wrong. This is especially the case if you have been exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays without protection, and more so if you are part of a higher risk group for developing skin cancer.

The best thing you can do is to let your Pompano Beach, and Tamarac, FL, dermatologists know of any worrying spots and visit them regularly so they can closely monitor any changes to your skin. For more information reach out to Dr. Melanie Hecker and Dr. David Hecker of Hecker Dermatology Group.

Risk Factors to Consider

One of the most common causes of skin cancer is overexposure to UV rays, as these can mutate the DNA of your skin cells, which can lead to uncontrolled growth. So although skin cancer can affect anyone, you are more at risk if your skin is lighter in color, or if it freckles or burns easily. But factors such as age, and your personal and familial history with skin cancer also play a big role.

What to Look For

Skin cancer commonly develops in the areas of your body more often exposed to the sun, so it's these you will want to keep a closer eye on for changes. The most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, can develop anywhere. A handy guide to know whether a spot on your skin is cause for concern is using the "ABCDE" method for determining possibly unhealthy moles and freckles. A is for asymmetrical, B for the border, and C, color, as healthy spots are generally symmetrical, have fairly even borders, and don't have more than one color to them. D is for diameter, which means that healthy spots should not be larger than about a quarter of an inch. E stands for evolution, thus you should be wary of any changes to the spot's different traits.

Skin Cancer Care in Pompano Beach, and Tamarac, FL

There's a lot you can do to ward against damaging UV rays such as avoiding tanning beds, using sunscreen when you'll be outside, and avoiding exposure during peak sun hours. Using the strategies mentioned above you can also remain on the lookout for unhealthy spots, but they don't cover every aspect of skin cancer.

Regular visits to your dermatologist are the best way to keep on top of any suspicious spots, and of course, treat them as early as possible. Book an appointment today with  Dr. Melanie Hecker and Dr. David Hecker of Hecker Dermatology Group in Pompano Beach, and Tamarac, FL, by dialing (954) 783-2323.

Contact Us

Hecker Dermatology Group, PA

 (954) 783-2323
3500 NE 5th Avenue Pompano Beach, FL 33064
 7710 NW 71ST CT, Suite 203 Tamarac, FL 33321