Skin cancers that are found and removed in the early stages are almost always curable.
It is important to perform routine self-examinations of the skin, from head to toe, so that you can detect any new or changing lesions.
For a self-screening, follow the ABCDE method:
Though self-screens are an effective way to detect any suspicious lesions on the skin, routine screenings with a dermatologist are recommended. This quick and painless process allows the dermatologist to magnify the lesion and to inspect the actual pigmentation of your mole.
When you schedule an appointment, your dermatologist can either perform a full body screening or look at specific lesions that are of concern. If a suspicious mole is identified, a skin biopsy will then be performed.
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