Skin Cancer- What to look for

Skin Cancer- What to look for

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S and it doesn’t discriminate. It’s not surprising to see people in their early 20s being diagnosed. Here are some shocking statistics-

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime

30% of American women and 15% of American men use sunscreen regularly

20 Americans die from melanoma every day

192,310 is the estimated amount of new cases of melanoma that will be diagnosed in the US- almost 8% more than in 2018.

Thankfully technology is always evolving and the future of skin diagnosis is moving towards being noninvasive. Recently the use of dermatoscopes has become more common. A new device called Nevisense is designed to detect malignant melanoma. It can detect the relative risk of a mole in the office in just a few minutes- potentially helping doctors diagnose melanoma early before the classic clinical features arise.

4 tips for early detection

  1. Make it a habit to get a yearly skin exam from a dermatologist.
  2. If you have a family history of skin cancer try to schedule a check up more frequently
  3. Be cautious of multiple irregularly shaped moles.
  4. Two general types of skin cancer exist: melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma often arise in moles, so a change in the shape and size of a mole is a clue to get checked.

references and quotes: newbeauty

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