Like all body tissues, the skin is made of tiny ‘building blocks’ called cells. These cells can sometimes become cancerous when they have been damaged, for example, by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. Melanoma ,which is the most dangerous type of skin tumor,can develop on existing liver spots (nevi) or in previously healthy skin and often metastasize (spread to other parts of the body ) . Although melanoma is an aggressive cancer, it’s possible to have a good outcome if early detection before it grows deep or spreads. Here below are the Q&As provided by Dr. Yumei Wu, Chief of Dermatology Department, SinoUnited Health,
How can we find the skin cancer in early stage ?
We have to clarify the following questions：
Am I a high risk patient?
What can I do to reduce my risk?
Here are some useful tips to help reduce your and your children’s risk of developing skin cancer:
How can I examine moles myself?
Regularly examine your moles and any wounds that do not heal over a period of four weeks. Pay attention to changes using the ABCDE rule:
A = Asymmetry: uneven, asymmetric shape
B = Limitation: irregular edges
C = Coloration: different colors
D = Diameter: larger than 5 mm
E = Development: Change in the last three months
If your skin changes, make an appointment with a dermatologist!
.How does early detection of skin cancer go in clinic ?
Skin Cancer Screening with Total Body Mapping and Digital Dermoscopy
Total Body Mapping
Imagine your skin as a landscape. Total Body Mapping captures the entire skin surface long-term. We use a high-tech system to create a map of your moles (“body map”) and take photographs of your body systematically – from head to toe and from all sides – within a few minutes.
The special software allows us to obtain a full evaluation of new or changed lesions instantly during your check-up.
In addition, conspicuous moles are also dermatoscopically documented. Using a special video epiluminescence microscope we create highly magnified images of your moles, which clearly show the mole structure. This way, one can see whether the mole is suspicious or not.
You will be able to observe the absolutely pain-free examination on the screen.
Skin cancer is curable if it is detected early enough. Examine moles by self and regular Skin Cancer Screening in clinic ensure that abnormal growths are detected before they spread and become hard to treat..In these way, even small changes in the skin and each individual mole and new birthmarks can be detected as early as possible. The earlier skin cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better.
[Images via SinoUnited Health]
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