Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. Skin cancer is caused by sun exposure and it’s correlated with the number of lifetime sunburns that you’ve had in your life.
One of the main things to look for is any changing on the skin, such as a new mole that you’ve never noticed before or perhaps an old mole that’s growing. Often times skin cancers will represent themselves as lesions that don’t heal or bleed and certainly many pigmented lesion that’s changing is worrisome.
If you notice any abnormal sports, the first thing you should do is see your primary care doctor. From there you may be referred to a dermatologist or you may be referred to our office. Certainly, we see a lot of skin care in our office and Dr. Merrick more than happy to observe and do mole checks for anyone that’s concerned. It’s important not to wait. If you notice anything, get it checked out, the smaller they are the easier they are to remove and the results are more cosmetically acceptable.
To prevent skin cancer, the main thing you can do is control sun exposure. Avoid peak hour sun exposure which is between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and wear good sunscreen that’s protective between UVA and UVB sun exposure.
Dr. Merrick is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the hand and general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. His goal is to help every patient find solutions to their health and wellness concerns. Dr. Merrick has offices in Eau Claire, Cumberland, Hayward, Ladysmith, and Shell Lake.