Mar 25 2011

Preventing Skin Cancer: “Control what you can,” says Dr. Oldham, Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

For more than 25 years, Dr. Roger J. Oldham has been caring for patients through cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery treatments, including procedures like breast lift, brow lift, tummy tuck, and also earlobe repair, skin cancer removal, and in-office mole removal. Skin lesions and moles develop on our bodies because of two reasons: genetics and lifestyle. We can’t control out genes, so Dr. Oldham recommends doing everything else in our power to take care of our skin the same way we take care of our teeth, or bones.

So what can we do?  There are two major steps to minimizing the risk of cancerous skin lesions. The first step involves prevention. Wear sunscreen. Everyday.  Even when it’s cloudy.  Many facial moisturizers and body lotions now include SPF of at least 15, so being proactive is more convenient than ever.  The second step demands vigilance.  Check your moles for changes. Regularly. Even those you’ve had since birth.  Visible changes signaling a risk of cancer are present nearly 100% of the time and go unnoticed.  Benign moles and skin lesions are typically symmetrical, well-defined with clear borders, one color (clear, brown, tan, red), and small (no larger than a pencil eraser).  Anything that looks different should be seen by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can treat it with in-office removal and minimized scarring, as seen in these patients before and after mole removal with Dr. Oldham.

Please don't wait to call if you see any change in your moles.  You can save your own life by just paying attention and being proactive is rewarded by peace of mind and the comfort of known your skin is healthy.

 

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