Blue Lizard Blog — melanoma

The ABC' s of Skin Cancer

May 01 2017 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

Detecting skin cancer early is the key to successful treatment. “Self-examinations and yearly skin checks with dermatologist are very effective ways to monitor for skin cancer and serve as preventive measures,” says Dr. Bruce Glassman, a dermatologist in Alexandria, Va. You can check your own skin for signs of skin cancer by following the ABCDE rule. Asymmetry — Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.  Border — A mole...

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Sunscreen Myths – Debunked!

Jun 28 2016 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

There are lots of myths and misconceptions concerning sunscreens. To set the record straight, here’s a list of some of the most common misconceptions about sunscreen and why you should not believe them.   If SPF 30 is good, then SPF 70+ is better. Not by very much. A sunscreen with SPF 30 protects against 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays, the ones that contribute to skin cancer. After that, it really does not matter as the difference in sunburn protection between the medium- and high-SPF sunscreens is negligible.  Products with higher SPFs often cost more, but you aren’t paying for...

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I Found a Suspicious Mole. Now What?

May 11 2016 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

Getting out of the shower, you notice that a mole on your upper left arm looks like it has grown in size and it is bleeding a little. To be safe, you make an appointment with a dermatologist to get it checked out. The doctor removed the mole and now you’re waiting for the results of the biopsy. You are very anxious and worried, but aren’t sure if  you’re just overreacting. When are moles normal and when should you get one examined by a dermatologist? Moles can come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They usually appear...

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