Nowadays dermatological checkups are the most effective solution to prevent and detect skin cancer at an early stage. Melanoma is one of the most feared and dangerous types of skin cancer, causing the most deaths from skin cancer. However, if it is early detected and treated, the percentage of cure is greater than 95%.
Therefore, the recommendation is to go to a dermatological checkup at least once a year. Those people who have a large number of moles (more than 30), who have suffered 6 or more burns in the same area of the body, or who have personal or family history of skin cancer, have a higher risk of suffering from it, so they should go to a checkup more frequently.
Tips to prevent skin cancer
In addition to performing dermatological checks periodically to detect it in time, we can easily prevent the onset of melanoma or skin cancer if we do not abuse exposure to the sun and take caution.
One of the most common tips is to avoid sun exposure during the central hours of the day. On the other hand, if we are going to be exposed for a long time to the intense sun we should also use some type of sunscreen, but not only when we are on the beach, but also when doing other outdoor activities such as walking, playing sports, etc. … although it is something that most people do not do.
Children are especially vulnerable, so we should avoid exposing children under 3 years of age directly to the sun, and take care that older children wear some type of sunscreen.
Digital dermatoscopy for early detection of skin cancer
Digital dermatoscopy consists of a non-invasive scanning technique, in which non-radiating equipment is used to explore and examine each of the moles, spots and other lesions on the skin, thus enabling the detection of any abnormality.
With all this information a digital map of all of them is created, which is saved to compare it with new maps made in subsequent checkups, thus allowing an even more effective detection of any change and / or suspicious lesion in the skin.
When to go to the dermatologist for a checkup
In addition to the annual dermatological checkup recommended above, we should also go to the dermatologist for a checkup in case we detect a new mole that grows rapidly, changes or discomfort in a mole, or other abnormalities or skin lesions.
To know if we have a suspicious mole, we can follow the rule A, B, C, D, E (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolution), that is:
- Asymmetry: if the mole has an asymmetric shape.
- Border: if the borders of the mole are irregular.
- Color: if the color of the mole is not homogeneous.
- Diameter: if the diameter of the mole is greater than 6 millimeters.
- Evolution: if the mole changes over time.
In case we discover that any of our moles have any of these symptoms, we should go to a dermatological checkup as soon as possible.
If you need to go to a dermatological checkup, in our Dermatology Unit at Vithas Xanit International Hospital we offer you the most complete checkup possible, with the latest advances in technology and the best specialists.