Early Detection and Self Exams

Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells; cure rates for BCC and SCC are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.

(source: skincancer.org)

Know your ABCDEs of melanoma
asymmetry
Borders uneven(scalloped or notched)
Color variation
Diameter greater than ¼ of an inch or 6 mm(unless detected very early)
Evolution(change in size, shape, color, elevation or new symptoms such as bleeding, itching, or crusting)

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.

 

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