There are several dermatological issues to look out for that could be signs of a problem, such as skin cancer. Developing rashes or experiencing changes in the size or shape of existing moles can all be warning signs of a potential health concern. At North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach can examine your skin for signs of a problem, make a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment.
Skin cancer is something everyone hopes to avoid. Unfortunately, it is the most common type of cancer in the United States. One out of five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is the best way to ensure that cancer does not spread, as well as improve the odds of beating it. Cancer is easier to detect when you know what to look for. Warning signs associated with three of the most common types of skin cancer are as follows.
- Melanoma — Warning signs include new moles, changes in existing moles, a lump or a new spot on the skin that is brown, black, pink or blue in color.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma — Warning signs include brown scaly patches and white waxy lumps on areas of the skin regularly exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma — Warning signs include the development of scaly patches, lumps or ulcers on the skin.
Rashes and itchy, scaly patches of inflamed skin due to psoriasis, eczema or skin allergies can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is important to see a dermatologist about any type of rash to verify that it is not due to a more serious condition. Additionally, a dermatologist can prescribe the right type of treatment to alleviate any itching or discomfort associated with the rash. Further, a dermatologist can best advise you on how to prevent the rash from spreading to other areas of the body.
Most adults have at least one mole on their body and in most cases, moles are harmless. However, some moles can become cancerous, particularly if they have changed in color, size or shape. Regularly examining your existing moles, as well as checking for new ones, will help you catch changes early on so that you can seek treatment before developing a serious condition. If you do notice the development of new moles or changes in existing ones, seek treatment from your Chicago dermatologist.
Regularly examining your skin for dermatological issues, such as rashes and new moles, is a good way to ensure you identify potential problems right away. If you do discover anything of concern, visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you do have any concerns about rashes, moles or skin cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago by calling (773) 763-6000.