Signs That You May Need a Cancer Screening
January 03, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Skin Cancer  

How your dermatologist in Belleville, NJ, can help you find out about skin cancer


Do you have fair skin? Do you spend a lot of time out in the sun? Most importantly, do you apply sunscreen when you are outdoors? These are all important questions for you to ask yourself. You can definitely benefit from a skin cancer screening. Dr. Joseph S. Eastern at The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, can diagnose and treat skin cancer and other skin conditions.

Skin color, time spent in the sun, and whether you regularly use sunscreen are all important factors in determining your risk of developing skin cancer. There are other signs too, including the appearance of moles and other skin issues.

You can definitely benefit from a skin cancer screening if you have moles that are:

  • Not well-defined, with irregular borders
  • Larger than 6 millimeters in diameter
  • Asymmetrically or irregularly shaped
  • Itchy, painful, swollen, or red
  • New, or recurring after previous removal

Your dermatologist will examine your moles during a skin cancer screening and determine if any should be removed and potentially biopsied. The appearance of moles can suggest skin cancer, but the only way to know for sure is by examining the tissue during a biopsy.

Remember that you can do a lot to prevent skin cancer. You should always wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher, and SPF 30 or higher if you are outside for long periods of time. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to overlooked areas like the bridge of your nose, the tops of your ears, and your lips.

Skin cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but if it is caught early with a skin cancer screening, treatment can be started quickly, which can lead to a better outcome for you. To find out more about prevention, screening, and treatment of skin cancer, call Dr. Joseph S. Eastern at The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ. Learn more about skin cancer by calling today!