The ABCD's of Skin Cancer
During a recent conversation, we asked Dr. Scott Gottlieb about early skin cancer detection. Dr. Gottlieb is a renowned dermatologist, who received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his post doctoral fellowship at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the treatment of skin cancers.
He reminded us that as we get older, our bodies have lived through more sun damage and we need to pay close attention to all of our brown spots, sun spots, age spots, freckles, moles and more.
We asked Dr. Gottlieb what signs to look for so we can be more informed about early skin cancer detection wherever it may appear. He gave us the following advice:
|1. ||Know where your spots are and watch for any new ones, especially around areas exposed to the sun. It's important to have your own photographic image of your body. |
|2. ||Look for the ABCD's to flag potential skin cancer problems: |
a. Asymmetric shape
b. Borders irregularity
c. Changes in color
d. Diameter - if they become larger than the size of an eraser head.
|3. ||Also be aware of something that doesn't heal. |
|4. ||When in doubt see your physician or Dermatologist, who will always tell you that the best defense against Skin Cancer is to wear sunscreen with an effective SPF everyday, every season of the year. |
Nancy, who is very fair, is particularly careful and recommends a personal check-up the first of the month after you shower. She also uses Smart Cover's Concealing Creme as an all over foundation after she has applied sunscreen. The opaque formula gives the added coverage she likes. Click here
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Happy and healthy weekend,
Nancy & Flori Roberts