When it comes to good skin health, prevention and protection is key. Skin cancer describes an abnormal growth of cells, most often (but not always) found on areas of sun-exposed skin. Although those with fair skin who burn easily have a higher risk, skin cancer can all affect all race and ethnicities. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and often develops as a mole or new, dark spot. A top tip from Dr. Carolyn Jacob is “Look for the ugly duckling” and know the ABCDE warning signs to promote early diagnosis and treatment. Schedule regular mole screenings and monitor them for any changes. Be sure to apply sunscreen (even on cloudy days) to all exposed skin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Don’t use tanning beds – just like the sun, UV light from tanning beds can cause wrinkling, age spots and can lead to skin cancer.
For the month of May, we are offering priority booking for all full body mole check visits. with Stephanie Burns, our experienced and certified Physician Assistant who performs these appointments daily. Take the first step toward healthy skin and call 312-245-9965 today!
WATCH Dr. Carolyn Jacob on FOX Chicago (WFLD-TV), on Monday, May 2nd at 9:15am performing an on-air live mole screening for meteorologist, Tammy Souza!