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Cherry Creek Dermatology
3773 Cherry Creek North Dr
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 388-5629
(303) 321-7586 fax
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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
March 06, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Moles  

While a mole is usually nothing to worry about, there are some signs and symptoms that could be of concern. According to the Skin skin cancerCancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime during their lives. This scary number makes being able to recognize questionable moles important in catching skin cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Learn more about how to identify suspicious moles with Dr. James Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO.

Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Remembering the signs of skin cancer is easy with the ABCDE method.

  • Asymmetry: Regular moles are symmetrical in shape. Asymmetrical moles could be a sign of cancer.
  • Border: The border of a mole is normally straight, smooth and round or ovular. Jagged or abnormally shaped moles should be seen by your dermatologist as soon as possible.
  • Color: Moles normally range in color from light pink to dark brown. However, abnormal moles may have more than one color within their border, look splotchy or appear black in color.
  • Diameter: Normal moles are smaller than a pencil eraser in diameter. If you have a mole larger than about 6 millimeters, it could be cancerous.
  • Evolving: A normal mole will retain the same appearance throughout your life. Moles which appear suddenly, change shape or color or grow bigger could be cancerous.

Preventing Skin Cancer 
The number one tool you have for preventing skin cancer is protection against the sun. Always use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on areas of your skin exposed to the sun, especially your face. Wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck and wear tightly woven clothing when you plan on being in the sun. Finally, see your dermatologist for regular skin examinations to explore for abnormalities.

For more information on skin cancer, please contact Dr. Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. Call (303) 388-5629 to speak with a friendly staff member about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Maloney today!

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