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Take The American Academy of Dermatology Skin Cancer Risk Factor Quiz.

Complete the profile and add up your points:

Hair Color:
Blonde/Red 4
Brown 3
Black 1

Eye Color:
Blue/Green 4
Hazel 3
Brown 2

After one hour in the summer sun, your skin:
Burns, sometimes blisters 4
Burns, then tans 3
Tans 1

Your occupation:
Outside 4
Mixed 3
Inside 2

How many freckles?
Many 5
Some 3
None 1

Has anyone in your family had skin cancer?
Yes 5
No 1

Where in the United States did you grow up?
South 4
Midwest 3
North 2

Total your points to determine your risk levels:
10-15 Below average risk
16-22 Average risk
23-25 High risk
26-30 Very high risk

 

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Skin Cancers

Any skin lesion or spot on your skin that changes in size, color or shape should be checked by your dermatologist as soon as possible.

Nearly one-and-a-half million people in the United States will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. The most deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, makes up more than 50,000 cases each year and is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer related deaths.

When caught early, skin cancer can be successfully treated. That's why the physicians of The Center for Dermatology Care recommend a full-body exam each year with a board-certified dermatologist. Accurate diagnosis is the first step in maintaining healthy skin. Dr. Weiss offers almost 23 years of clinical practice and expertise in detecting skin cancers.

The three most common types of skin cancer

Each has a different appearance, growth pattern and prognosis. Basal Cell and Squamous Cell are referred to as nonmelanoma skin cancer.

The skin is the body's outermost covering and offers protection from heat and light, injury, and infection. It also helps regulate body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin is made up of two main layers: the outer epidermis and the inner dermis.

The epidermis is made up of basal cells, squamous cells and melanocytes - cells that produce pigment. It is from the melanocyte cells that melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, develops. Melanoma usually begin in moles

 

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Be aware of moles and lesions on your body, and watch for changes

Use sunscreens, SPF 15 or greater, with UVA and UVB protection

Develop a lifelong relationship with your dermatologist with yearly full body skin exams

Shade is good! Avoid sun exposure from 10am - 3pm: wear hats and protective clothing 

 

 
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