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As the days get warmer, the beaches and pools become more crowded with people enjoying the summertime sun. However, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays in these situations becomes more important than ever. If you find a new mole, it could be more than just a simple discoloration. Luckily, your San Diego, CA dermatologist at Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology can help you learn how to spot new moles and give you peace of mind by taking the proper steps to prevent skin cancer.
New moles are sometimes nothing to worry about. However, they could be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice a new mole, you should schedule an appointment for an examination with your dermatologist. Spotting irregular moles is easy using the ABCDE method:
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid the sun’s harmful rays, especially when they are strongest between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Since this is not possible for many people, there are precautions you can take. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on any exposed skin before going into the sun. Reapply the sunscreen at least once every two hours, or at least every 30 minutes if you are in the water or perspiring. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face and tightly-knitted, long clothing to protect your the skin on your arms and legs.
Your doctor can help you learn to properly examine your skin for signs of skin cancer. If caught early, skin cancer is highly curable. If your doctor believes you have a questionable mole, they will suggest testing to determine if it is cancerous. If so, your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for you.