Moles are common. Almost every adult has a few moles. Adults who have light skin often have more moles. They may have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. This is normal.
You should not be overly worried about your moles. But you should know:
– A type of skin cancer, melanoma, can grow in or near a mole.
– Caught early and treated, melanoma can be cured.
– The first sign of melanoma is often a change to a mole — or a new mole on your skin.
– Checking your skin can help you find melanoma early. A dermatologist can show you how to examine your skin and tell you how often you should check your skin.
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Acworth Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center operates under the direction of Johnathan L. Chappell, MD. Dr. Chappell is not only a board-certified dermatologist, but he is also a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He will use his advanced level of expertise to prevent, diagnose, and treat skin cancer.
Dr. Johnathan Chappell and his dedicated and professional staff will be responsible for ensuring the overall health of his patients’ skin. He will maintain a positive environment for your care and make the health of your skin his first priority.
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