Be sun smart and mole aware

Skin awareness is an important part of maintaining a healthy body overall. Taking note of the marks and growths that may come and go from head to toe is a good way to proactively care about your own general well-being. If you spot anything unusual, you should bring it to the attention of a qualified dermatologist who can provide a correct diagnosis and recommend treatment, that involves removing an unsightly growth for aesthetic reasons or choosing the best course of action for something more serious.

While practicing sun awareness and self examinations have always been important endeavors, they are more important today than ever before. A Mayo Clinic study published earlier this year revealed an almost eightfold increase in skin cancer incidences over the last 40 years, with a spike in the first decade of the 2000s.  Studies have shown that the increased use of tanning beds has caused a rise in skin cancer, especially amongst young women.

If you do notice a new spot, it isn’t necessarily skin cancer, but you should have it checked. I regularly examine growths that range from warts to mere discolorations to moles, all of which can be treated by a variety of methods—many of which can be handled quickly and easily at my office. If something looks suspicious, however, I will send a sample in for testing..

Greater public awareness with earlier diagnosis of skin cancer has improved its prognosis. Patients and dermatologists should work together to ensure healthy skin.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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