Winter 2017
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Happy New Year! With 2016 behind us, it's time to turn our attention to a new year full of new challenges, adventures and resolutions. In this issue of Skin Cancer Quarterly, I am including valuable tips and advice for preventing skin cancer and finding a reputable dermatologist as well as a checklist of what to look for when you check your birthday suit! And just because it's cold out does not mean you can slack off on protecting your skin. The sun's UV rays can still cause damage during winter months, especially when they reflect off snow. So remember, even in the wintertime, have fun in the sun, but protect yourself! 



Check Your Birthday Suit Annually

Dr. Coldiron usually suggests that his patients check their skin, and even take pictures of any new or changing spots, once a year on their birthdays. Easy to remember: Check your birthday suit on your birthday!

Another good time to check is at the beginning of each new year as you think about making positive changes in your life. Why not make the first step toward self-improvement a promise to regularly check your skin and help someone else, too! Men, have your spouse or a friend check your bald spots and behind your ears. Ladies, ask for help checking your back. And if you see any suspicious spots or moles that are changing in shape, color or size, make an appointment with your dermatologist.  

Most skin cancer can be cured. The key is early detection and removal. Below are things to look for when doing a skin check:

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, as a general rule, to spot either melanomas or non-melanoma skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), take note of any new moles or growths, and any existing growths that begin to grow or change significantly in any other way.  Lesions that change, itch, bleed, or don't heal are also alarm signals.

It is so vital to catch melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, early that physicians have developed two specific strategies for early recognition of the disease: the ABCDEs and the Ugly Duckling sign


melanomaThis benign mole is not asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle, the two sides will match, meaning it is symmetrical. If you draw a line through the malignant mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical, a warning sign for melanoma.


melanomaA benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike melanomas. The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.


melanomaMost benign moles are all one color — often a single shade of brown. Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.


melanomaBenign moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the eraser on your pencil tip (¼ inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.


melanomaCommon, benign moles look the same over time. Be on the alert. When a mole starts to evolve or change in any way, see a doctor. Any change — in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting — points to danger.


Dr. Coldiron shares the importance of finding a qualified dermatologist when it comes to curing your skin cancer.
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Did You Know?

ust because it's cold out doesn't mean you are safe from the sun's harmful UV rays. The sun can be just as damaging on a bright and sunny but cold January day as a hot morning in June or July. Rays reflecting off snow and water put your skin at high risk for sunburn, which we all know can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles.

Learn more about risk factors for skin cancer - as well as tips and advice for preventing and curing with Mohs Surgery - by watching our Did You Know? videos on the Skin Cancer Center's YouTube Channel or The Coldiron Truth page on the Skin Cancer Center's website.

Bundle up, enjoy the outdoors, but remember to protect yourself from the sun year 'round!

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