Melanoma Be Aware

Get Your Skin Checked Regularly

The first sign of melanoma may be a sore, lump, skin growth or change in the size, shape, color or texture of an existing mole

Attention: Melanoma is Serious

Melanoma is one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. It develops in the cells responsible for producing melanin—the pigment determining our skin color. While less common than other skin cancers, melanoma is far more dangerous due to its ability to spread rapidly throughout the body if left untreated. Early detection is the absolute key to survival, making awareness and regular skin checks vital.

Pay attention to your skin! Be mindful of any new spots, or changes to existing moles or freckles. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variations, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and any spot that is Evolving or changing. If you notice anything concerning, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

Prevention is always better than treatment, so protect your skin wisely. Seek shade, especially during peak sun hours. Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses. Most importantly, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapplying generously every two hours. These simple steps, along with regular skin checks, could make the difference in catching melanoma early, when it’s most treatable.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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