Prevention , Early Diagnosis and prompt and effective treatment is the key
Our mission is to reduce the incidence of Skin Cancer and its harmful consequences on individuals .We have organized several free events in our efforts to provide health awareness.
Since 1985, we have provided free skin cancer screenings to large number of patients from all over the world for Melanoma / Skin Cancer Screening program Skin Cancer can be prevented if you follow preventive guidelines and we can “Spot and Stop” if you report early.
You can recognize the skin cancer signs
Skin cancer is preventable and curable .It is the most prevalent of all types of cancers .Sun avoidance and sun protection is the best defense against skin cancer Early detection is the surest way to cure it .
Most common and principal cause of skin cancer is over exposure to sunlight. Other less common causes include repeated medical and industrial exposure ,scaring from disease or burns , Occupational exposure to compounds such as coal , arsenic , family history and other unknown causes .White skin is more prone to get skin cancer due to lack or absence of pigment called melanin which has protective value against harmful effect of sun .
obviously prevention is the best against this deadly disease .It is a matter of guarding the skin against known causes .Since sun is the main culprit , the most effective preventive methods are to avoid sun , use sun screening agent which is non comedogenic , hypoallergenic ,oil free and 28 SPF (sun protection factor) on exposed parts of the body .Use an umbrella , full sleeve shirt , a hat , effective sun glasses and any other covering device that may protect your skin .
One of my favorite dictum is "The earlier you diagnose the better the prognosis." Early detection is of paramount importance and is the Key and surest way to cure skin cancer ,Proper clinical examination and biopsy can confirm the diagnosis and save your life.
The ABCDs of Melanoma
Consult a dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots fall into any one of the four category below :
Asymmetry - One half doesn't match the other half in size, shape, color, or thickness.
Border irregularity - The edges are ragged, scalloped, or poorly defined.
Color - The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance.
Diameter - While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller. If you notice a mole different from others, or which changes, itches, or bleeds (even if it is small), you should see a dermatologist.
Periodic self Examination-
It is very important and very simple routine to inspect your body for any skin changes .If any mole , sore , growth discoloration or any other change that looks abnormal , appears suddenly or gradually on any part of your body. You must see your Dermatologist without any delay. Periodic self examination is very helpful at least once a month . I suggest the following method of self examination that will ensure that no area of your body is missed .To perform your self examination you need a good day light or brightly lit room , Full length mirror , and a handheld mirror .
How To Perform A Self Examination