Skin cancer is relentless and accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined. Every hour, one fatality occurs, but it's usually curable with early detection and treatment. Three types—basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma—range from mild to critical. If you notice something out of the ordinary on your epidermis, visit Savannah Dermatology Clinic PC for a consultation in our Savannah, GA, office. Talking with Dr. Adam S. Pritzker could potentially save your life.
Skin Cancer Prevention
To ultimately protect yourself from skin cancer, it's imperative to stay safe in the sun. Most types develop in visible areas, and more cases are beginning to arise within young adults. The hours between 10 AM and 4 PM are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the U.S. You can easily safeguard your body by adhering to the following preventive measures.
- Avoid indoor tanning beds
- Stay in the shade during midday hours
- Wear clothing that covers arms and legs
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover your face
- Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays
In addition to the above, you should also visit our Savannah, GA, office for routine examinations.
Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms
You should visit Savannah Dermatology Clinic PC immediately if one or more of the following appear out of nowhere or during a self-exam.
- A mole with an irregular shape or uneven color
- The border of the mole is jagged or irregular-looking
- The mole looks odd or evolves within weeks and months
- A mole or spot that becomes larger than the size of a pea
Early Detection for Skin Cancer
When you spot signs and symptoms of this disease at an early stage, that's when it's easiest to treat. Skin cancer is known to strike adults over the age of 70, as well as those who have a personal or family history, a weakened immune system, past sunburns, or fair skin. During a physical screening, Dr. Pritzker will look for abnormalities, such as changes in shape, size, color, or texture that may require a biopsy and further testing.
If you have suspicions about skin cancer and would like to discuss screening further, schedule a consultation with our staff at Savannah Dermatology Clinic PC. We can address any questions or concerns you may have. For more information about skin cancer, other conditions we treat, and services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Adam S. Pritzker in our Savannah, GA, office, please call 912-352-8974.