At Fairview Range, skin cancer screenings are simple and fast.
At your local clinic we can do a physical exam and discuss any spots of contention. In most cases, skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. That’s why we highly recommend setting up a screening with your healthcare team.
Skin cancer is when skin grows abnormally in an uncontrolled state. It is caused by UV rays from the sun or tanning booths.
One out of five people will develop skin cancer by the time they hit 70 according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
There are three main types of skin cancer.
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) occurs when basal cells start to reproduce irregularly. These cells are one of the three that exist in the top layer of your skin. BCC is the most common type of skin cancer and the most common of all cancers.
This type of skin cancer appearance is very diverse. In some it can appear as
- an unhealing sore
- a glossy lump
- a red or pink area
- a scar with raised edges with a dent in the middle
While that is a lot of variety, the most important thing is to keep an eye out for new growths or marks on the skin that are not going away.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) forms in the cells in the midsection and outer area of your skin. SCC is the second most prominent skin cancer but is rarely deadly. It can cause long-term side effects if not treated though.
If you spot any of these symptoms, you should reach out to your physician.
- Hard, red lump
- Unelevated scaly sore
- A red area that is elevated or scaly on your mouth, in the anus, or on genitals
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is considered the deadliest skin cancer. It most frequently appears in existing or new moles. It will be oddly shaped and unlike your other moles and dark spots. The earlier you spot and treat melanoma the better.
SkinCancer.org has created a memorable way to spot the signs of melanoma.
A – Asymmetry
Moles or marks that are asymmetrical.
B – Border
Mole or spot has irregular borders.
C – Color
Spot or mark that is a mix of colors in hues of black, brown, or tan. Blue, white, or red can show up as it grows.
D – Diameter/Dark
A mark that is larger than ¼ inch across or lesions darken.
E – Evolving
Mole or mark continues to grow or change.
If you notice any of these factors or notice a mole that doesn’t look like any of your others, it’s a good idea to see your dermatologist.
How Do You Prevent Skin Cancer?
The easiest way to ward off skin cancer is to protect your skin from UV rays. Here are a few simple ways to keep your skin safe.
- Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outdoors
- Avoid being outside during midday on sunny days
- Wear hats and UV protected clothing
- Don’t spend time in tanning beds
A good way to stay on top of your skin health is to do routine skin exams. Once a month check your body for any odd moles or marks. If one does appear, keep an eye on it and if it falls under any of the melanoma ABCDEs, set up an appointment with your doctor. The faster you schedule an appointment, the better.
Skin Cancer Screenings
At Fairview Range, we can conduct skin cancer screenings whenever you need. It’s always better to be safe than sorry so if you see any worrisome signs, reach out fast.
To schedule an appointment, call 218-362-6937 or visit MyChart.