Have you been putting off skin cancer examinations (for over a year now) out of concern about Covid-19? While it may have felt like the safest option at the time, experts fear this delay in preventive healthcare may lead patients to experience negative health outcomes in the future. Dr. Monique S. Cohn, of Advanced Dermatology, is concerned that care of chronic medical problems can develop into serious situations.
To ensure that Dr. Cohn’s patients and staff members at Advanced Dermatology are protected, she has implemented numerous health and safety measures, so you can feel confident about scheduling a skin cancer screening. Staff are pre-screening patients for the symptoms of Covid-19 and everyone entering our building is, of course, wearing masks. In addition, our staff has received Covid-19 vaccines, and all are masked or double masked. Exam rooms are cleaned and sanitized frequently and social distancing is practiced.
Unlike most forms of cancer that develop inside the body, the signs of skin cancer are usually visible. To help you spot skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, Dr. Cohn recommends that everyone learn the ABCDEs of melanoma:
- A – Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
- B – Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
- C – Color that varies from one area to another.
- D – Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
- E – Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
If you are due for your yearly full body skin exam or you notice a spot that just doesn’t look right, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center right away by calling 330-425-7600 to set up an appointment in Twinsburg.
Stay safe & be preventative about your skin health!
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