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Skin Exams In LOS GATOS, CA

Skin Exams In LOS GATOS, CA

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Early signs of skin cancer are a change in the skin, such as a growth, an irritation or a sore that does not heal, or a change in a wart or a mole.

During a physical exam for a skin problem, your doctor will examine the skin over your whole body, looking for suspicious growths, moles, or lesions. The exam is performed using a bright light and occasionally a magnifying lens. The scalp is examined by parting the hair. A skin exam is done if you have: suspicious moles or skin lesions; symptoms of early skin cancer; a history of previous skin cancer; 50 or more moles; atypical moles (dysplastic nevi); or a family history of skin cancer.

Signs of Melanoma

The ABCDE rule of detection means watching for:

Asymmetry

One half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.

Border irregularity

The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.

Diameter

The mole or skin growth is larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.), or about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be of concern.

Color

The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance. Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma.

Evolution

There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color.

Other Signs of Melanoma in a Mole

Elevation

such as thickening or raising of a previously flat mole.

Surface

such as scaling, erosion, oozing, bleeding, or crusting.

Surrounding skin

such as redness, swelling, or small new patches of color around a larger lesion (satellite pigmentations).

Sensation

such as itching, tingling, or burning.

Consistency