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What Are the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer?

How your dermatologists in Staunton, Raphine, Afton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro, VA, can help protect your skin

It feels good to be out in the sunshine, but you need to protect yourself. Skin cancer is a common type of cancer. It can be easily treatable, but a type of skin cancer known as melanoma, can also be fatal. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of skin cancer.

The dermatologists at Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics offer comprehensive skincare services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. They have five convenient locations in Staunton, Raphine, Afton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro, VA, to help you.

So, what are the warning signs of skin cancer? You need to look for:

  • Moles that are poorly defined, with ragged borders
  • Moles that have an asymmetrical shape
  • Moles that have a diameter of 6 millimeters or more
  • Moles that have grown back after previous removal
  • Moles that itch, ooze, or bleed

Check your skin regularly and monitor your moles. If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time to contact your dermatologist.

Your dermatologist may recommend removing the mole completely or taking a small section of tissue. The tissue can be biopsied to determine whether the tissue is benign, precancerous, or cancerous.

Fortunately, you can do a lot to prevent skin cancer. It’s a good idea to:

  • Avoid using tanning booths
  • Use an SPF of at least 15 every day
  • Use an SPF of at least 30 if you are outside for long periods

You should also try to stay out of direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM. This is the time when ultraviolet rays are the most damaging. You may also want to wear clothing that protects your skin, and a hat and sunglasses.

To find out more about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, call the dermatologists at Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics. You can reach them in any of their convenient locations in Staunton, Raphine, Afton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro, VA, by calling (540) 885-4500, so call now.

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1600 N Coalter St #19
Staunton, VA 24401

10950 Rockfish Valley Highway, Suite C
Afton, VA 22920

45 Commerce Park Drive
Raphine, VA 24472

16 Ivy Ridge Lane, Suite 138
Fishersville, VA 22939

400 S Magnolia Ave
Waynesboro, VA 22980

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