Skin Cancer Images
Taking care of your skin can keep it feeling soft and looking youthful, but monthly skin self checks are just as important. These regular self-exams give you an opportunity to become familiar with the way your skin looks and find early signs of changes. Skin cancer images can help you better understand what to look for and when to call Dr. Ghasri for a more in-depth evaluation.
Skin cancer is a disease in which skin cells begin to grow out of control. As the most common cancer in the U.S., skin cancer can affect people of all ages and races. It is closely linked to UV exposure, and those who have spent large amounts of time in the sun or who regularly use tanning beds may be at the highest risk. Abnormal spots, bumps or moles on the face, scalp, shoulders or other parts regularly exposed to the sun may need to be examined or biopsied. Skin cancer cannot be diagnosed using only skin cancer images, but they allow you to better distinguish between normal and abnormal moles.
You may be at a higher risk of skin cancer if you have fair skin, are over 65, have many moles and have a history of sun exposure. However, as you can see from the skin cancer images, skin cancer can affect people from all walks of life. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to use sunblock each time you are outdoors. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and broad-brimmed hats can further reduce your sun exposure. If you enjoy tanning, consider sunless tanning instead of tanning beds or sunbathing.
Regular visits with Dr. Ghasri can also play a role in your prevention strategy. We can perform a full skin examination even in those hard-to-see places, and Dr. Ghasri may recommend biopsy or other tests for areas of concern. While many people have benign growths, without further testing they are not always easily distinguishable from abnormal spots. Contact our office today to learn more about how skin cancer images can play a role in your healthy skin routine or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghasri, our dermatologist in Los Angeles.