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About Skin Cancer
The Dermatologists at Coast Dermatology are constantly educating their patients about skin cancer. Early skin cancer detection is critical! Please read this very important overview of skin cancer and why you may be at risk for the development of skin cancer or melanoma. During your skin exam, the doctor will examine the entire body and check for any atypical moles or lesions. A new state of the art procedure called transillumination might also be employed to get a closer look at any questionable lesions. Over 90% of skin cancer happens on skin that has been exposed to the sun. The most common places for skin cancer to occur are the face, neck, ears, forearms and hands.There are three common types of skin cancer:
Basal Cell Carcinoma:
Usually develops on the face, ears, lips and around the mouth of fair skinned people. It starts with a small red patch or a shiny, pink, red or white bump. It may develop into a crusty or open sore that doesn't heal, or only heals for a short period of time. It can be cured if treated early.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
Has a high cure rate if treated early, but can be deadly if not caught early. It usually appears as a scaly patch or a raised growth that looks like a crust or wart.
The most dangerous form of skin cancer. It usually looks like a dark brown or black mole with irregular edges. It can have different colors with shades of red, blue and white. It occurs anywhere on the body. If found early, it can be cured, but if ignored, it spreads throughout the body and can be fatal.

Everyone with moles and growths should be checked on a periodic basis, at least once a year.
Do I have to hide from the sun?
The answer is no, but you do need to protect yourself from the sun. Use common sense and follow the recommendations proposed by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Skin cancers can develop at any time and at any age, even though the are most common after the age of forty
Predisposing factors are:
We all have moles of one type or another, but what is the difference between a harmless mole and one at risk of becoming skin cancer?
Use our quick reference guide to learn the warning signs. Call your Dermatologist immediately if any of your moles exhibit these signs.