May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

To raise awareness that May is skin cancer awareness month, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery is helping to spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer and make up 98% of all cases of skin cancer. They can be effectively treated. The most dangerous and deadly type of skin cancer is melanoma.

The good news is that skin cancer can almost always be cured when detected early with proper screening techniques. Periodic skin examinations are the key to diagnosing skin cancer at its earliest stage. It is important to visit your clinician for proper detection and treatment if necessary.

Your clinician will begin the examination process by looking for moles or other spots that are different in color from the rest of the skin. At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery, we follow the ABCDE rule of screening:

A= Asymmetry
B= Border irregularity (edges of moles are ragged notches or blurred)
C= Color (pigmentation of the mole is not uniform)
D= diameter of more than a ¼ inch
E= Evolving (the mole is changing over time)

Patients who are concerned about getting skin cancer or who notice any changes to their skin should talk to their clinician at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. (904) 686-8020.

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