What You Should Know About Your Risks For Skin Cancer

While skin cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in the US, it’s also one of the easiest to detect and cure when caught early enough. That’s why having a dermatologist you can turn to for skin checks is paramount to keeping you and your skin healthy. Here at Central Dermatology Center in Chapel Hill, NC, our team of board-certified dermatologists is dedicated to preventing skin cancer and providing early detection and treatment options to help individuals dealing with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Track Your Skin

Everyone must keep tabs on their skin and look for any changes, whether a new lesion or a changing mole. Melanoma is the more dangerous form of skin cancer, often emerging as a new spot or growth. Whether at high risk for skin cancer or your risk is relatively low, everyone can and should turn to a dermatologist once a year for an annual skin check. What should you look for? Look for moles that,

  • Are multiple colors or change color

  • Are larger than a pencil eraser

  • Suddenly appear, especially after age 30

  • Ooze, bleed or crust

  • Are painful or tender

  • Have redness or swelling around them

  • Have fuzzy or oddly defined borders

  • Are asymmetrical

Seeing a Dermatologist

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, a dermatologist will provide you with a comprehensive skin check that gives peace of mind. We know that checking certain areas like behind the neck, under the soles of the feet, or your scalp can be difficult, and a skin check with our medical dermatologist ensures that no area goes unchecked. We offer an even simpler but more advanced way to detect changes through our innovative mole mapping SkinIO technology.

Detecting Skin Cancer Early Just Got Easier

SkinIO allows us to capture high-quality images of your entire body with automated intelligence that detects and tracks moles and pinpoints “problematic” ones immediately so we can determine if further testing is needed. It also allows our team to monitor and track changes in these moles throughout the years.

If you are interested in scheduling a skin check or mole mapping with our Chapel Hill, NC, dermatologists, call Central Dermatology Center at (919) 401-1994.