Protect Your Skin: Observing National Cancer Prevention Month with Magnolia Dermatology

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a time when we focus on the importance of cancer awareness and prevention. At Magnolia Dermatology, we are committed to educating our community about skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. In this post, we’ll discuss different types of skin cancer, prevention strategies, warning signs, and how to schedule a screening with our experts.

Types of Skin Cancer:

1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): The most common form of skin cancer, BCCs are slow-growing and seldom spread, but can cause significant skin damage if left untreated.

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): The second most common form, SCC can grow deeper into the skin and may spread if not treated.

3. Melanoma: Less common but more dangerous, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body and is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths.

Preventing Skin Cancer:

– Sun Protection: Regular use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours.

– Avoid Tanning Beds: Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.

– Regular Skin Exams: Both self-examinations and professional screenings are crucial in early detection.

What to Look For:

– Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.

– Border: Edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.

– Color: Includes different shades of brown, black, or sometimes patches of pink, red, white, or blue.

– Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch).

– Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

Scheduling a Skin Cancer Screening:

At Magnolia Dermatology, we offer comprehensive skin cancer screenings. Our team of experts uses advanced techniques to examine and diagnose any concerning areas. Early detection is key to successful treatment.

To schedule your screening:

– Call Us: Reach out to our office at 972-668-3376 (DERM).

Schedule an appointment online.

This National Cancer Prevention Month, let’s take a stand against skin cancer. By staying informed, practicing prevention, and getting regular screenings, we can all play a part in reducing the impact of this disease. Contact Magnolia Dermatology today to schedule your skin cancer screening and take a vital step towards protecting your health.

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