Posts for: January, 2014
By Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics
January 13, 2014
Even if you have carefully practiced sun safety in the summer, it is still important to continue to be vigilant about your skin in every season. Throughout the year, Dr. Suseela Narra reminds you to examine your skin head-to-toe once a month, looking for any suspicious lesions. While you might have protected yourself during the summer, you may not notice any changes right away. By understanding the ABCDE’s of skin cancer from Issaquah dermatologist, Dr. Narra, we can help you protect your skin.
Dr. Narra Shares the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer for Issaquah Residents
As a resident of Issaquah, skin cancer awareness is important and Dr. Narra is available to work with you on prevention and detection. Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early, when they can almost always be completely cured.
A – Asymmetry – If you draw a line through a mole, the two halves will not match.
B – Border – The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, with the edges scalloped or notched.
C – Color – A variety of colors is another warning sign and can include a number of different shades of brown, tan or black. Melanoma can even become red, blue or another color.
D – Diameter – Melanomas are typically large in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser, but can also be smaller when first detected.
E – Evolving – Any change in a mole, such as size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting, are all warning signs.
It is vital to catch melanoma early, which is why Dr. Suseela Narra offers the ABCDE’s of skin cancer for Issaquah residents to promote self-exams. Dr. Narra is committed to providing superior care for her patients in Issaquah and skin cancer prevention is key. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Narra for further diagnosis and treatment so that you can protect your skin from skin cancer.