Like most types of cancer, skin cancer is easier to treat when it's caught early. If you suffer from skin cancer in North Logan, Brigham City, Washington Terrace, and Marriott-Slaterville, UT, home exams and visits to your dermatologists, Dr. Robert Young and Dr. Jared Heaton of Rocky Mountain Dermatology, can help you protect your health.
These tips can help you spot changes in your skin that may be signs of skin cancer in North Logan, Brigham City, Washington Terrace, and Marriott-Slaterville, UT:
- Examine Every Inch of Your Skin: It's easy to take a look at your arms, legs, and abdomen, but it's a little trickier to check out your back or other out-of-the-way places. Use mirrors for these spots, or ask a friend to take a look for you.
- Schedule Monthly Exams: Regular self-exams will help you ensure that you spot skin cancer signs promptly. Schedule your exam for the same date every month to make it easier to remember.
- Look for Unusual Spots or Patches of Skin: Skin changes won't necessarily be dramatic if you have skin cancer. You may see a pimple that never seems to go away or notice a patch of skin that's always flaky or crusty. An open sore that doesn't heal, or red, brown, pink, black, or brown spots on your skin could be skin cancer signs.
- Check Out Your Moles: A change in your mole can be a sign that you have melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Signs of trouble include a change in color or texture or a growing mole. Are both halves of your mole symmetrical? What about the border of the mole? If the edges of a mole become blurred, irregular, or rough, you could have melanoma. Other skin cancer symptoms include red, swollen, painful, itchy, or oozing moles.
Have you noticed a suspicious spot or mole? Get in touch with Dr. Young and Dr. Heaton of Rocky Mountain Dermatology and schedule an appointment. Call (435) 787-0560 for the North Logan, UT, office, or (801) 827-9100 for the Brigham City, Washington Terrace, and Marriott-Slaterville, UT, offices.