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May is skin cancer awareness month!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It is a good idea to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.  Look for new lesions that are growing or nonhealing.  Teach yourself the ABCDE’s of recognizing a possible melanoma.

The ABCDEs of melanoma skin cancer are:

  • Asymmetry. One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half.
  • Border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • Color. The color (pigmentation) is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to a mottled appearance.
  • Diameter. The size of the mole is greater than 1/4 inch (6 mm), about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be evaluated.
  • Evolution. There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color of a mole.

(from WebMD)

If you suspect you may have a skin cancer, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.  It is always recommended to visit a dermatologist annually for routine full body skin exams and to perform monthly self exams.

Dr. Amir Bajoghli

About Dr. Amir Bajoghli

Dr. Amir Bajoghli became Associate Clinical professor of Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds academic appointments at Georgetown University Schools of Medicine and has been named top doctor by Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine. He is currently practicing as a dermatologist and owner of Skin & Laser Surgery Center PC with offices in Tysons Corner, Woodbridge, and Stafford Virginia.

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