How your dermatologist in Chicago, IL, can help if you have skin cancer
If you are someone that spends a lot of time outside, it’s only natural to worry about skin cancer. Here at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, Dr. Elizabeth N. Fahrenbach offers several effective ways to treat skin cancer and help protect your health.
Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic:
What types of skin cancer are there?
The most common types of skin cancer include squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, both of which are easily treatable. Malignant melanoma is another type of skin cancer, although unlike the others, it can end up being fatal. Fortunately, it is less common.
Who is most at risk for skin cancer?
In general, people with fair skin and blue eyes are more at risk for skin cancer. Additionally, those who spend extended periods of time outdoors or have already had bouts of skin cancer, are at an increased risk of developing the condition
How can I protect myself against skin cancer?
Wearing sunscreen daily is the best way to prevent skin cancer. You should wear an SPF of at least 15 every day, and SPF 30 if you spend a lot of time outdoors. You should also try to stay out of direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, which is when the ultraviolet rays are the most damaging. Another important way to protect yourself is to check your skin for moles and abnormal areas of skin.
What should I look for when I examine my skin?
You should look for moles that have:
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
- An irregular, poorly-defined shape
- Ragged, uneven borders or look asymmetrical
- Bleeding, oozing, or open sores
- Regrown after previous removal
Concerned? Give us a call
To learn more about skin cancer and effective treatments including cryosurgery, excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, and other state-of-the-art treatments, call Dr. Elizabeth N. Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, today—our number is (773) 763-6000.