It’s not always practical to head to the doctor's office every time a new spot shows up on your skin. But there are ways to help evaluate whether the spot or mole deserves special attention, says Dr. Clay Cockerell, a dermapathologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center whose lab evaluates suspicious skin biopsies.
“If you have concerns, it’s worth having your physician take a look, but there are certain indicators, dubbed the ABCDE’s of skin cancer, that signal the need for closer scrutiny from an expert,” Dr. Cockerell says.
Start by standing in front of a full length mirror and take note of moles that you’ve always had. Then check out blemishes for:
“Any of those indicators individually and certainly together warrant a trip to the doctor,” Dr. Cockerell says.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/dermatology to learn more about clinical services in dermatology at UT Southwestern.
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