Detecting skin cancer
Ann Drayman, FNP
While preventing skin cancer is important, early detection is the best way for a cure.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime, but it is very treatable if caught early. Annual skin examinations are wise, especially for adults with significant past sun exposure or a family history of skin cancer.
It is also recommended that you perform regular self-exams to track any changes in your skin. One of the best ways you can protect your health is to visually examine your skin on a monthly basis.
When doing a self-exam, Ann Drayman, FNP, suggests:
- Checking your chest, back and both sides
- Bending elbows and looking carefully at forearms, the backs of upper arms and palms
- Looking at the backs of legs and feet and spaces between toes and soles
- Using a hand mirror to check hard-to-see areas such as lower back, buttocks, scalp and the back of your neck
Be sure to see your primary care provider if you notice a growth, mole, discoloration that appears suddenly or begins to change, or if you have a sore that does not heal.
For more information or to make an appointment with Ann, contact the Gundersen Clinic in Muscoda at 739-3138.