Skin cancer is the number one occurring cancer in the United States. The rate of skin cancer continues to rise, and every 1 in 5 people will develop a skin cancer sometime in their life. When caught early, skin cancers have a 98% cure rate. The most common skin cancers can appear as a non-healing or thick scaly spot. Pre-cancers are common in sunny Southern California and can be easily treated before it develops into something more serious. Melanoma, which can be deadly, typically looks like an irregular, changing mole. Educate yourself on what suspicious signs to look for on your skin, and come in if you are concerned about a changing area on your skin.
Treating pre-cancerous areas and early detection of skin cancers is key. It is recommended that you have your skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year for anyone past their teens. Make an annual skin check part of your yearly preventative health program by scheduling an appointment for a total body skin check.
Sun protection is the most active step you can take towards decreasing your risk of skin cancer. Read our handout on how best to maximize the effectiveness of sunscreens.