Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It occurs most often in areas of the skin that have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. Surprisingly, it can also occur on areas not ordinarily exposed to sunlight and in those with a family history of skin cancer. Early detection is key in successful treatment. Below is a list of signs to help you identify potentially harmful spots.
- Asymmetry: Cancerous spots are usually not a mirror image if cut in half.
- Border: Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined borders may be a warning sign.
- Coloration: If the spot varies in shade or color there may be cause for concern.
- Diameter: Typically, moles and pigmented spots should not be larger than a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: Keep an eye on spots that change in size, shape or color.
- Fails to heal: If a spot bleeds easily and fails to heal it could be a warning sign.
All of us at the Swier Clinic look forward to meeting you and treating your skin care concerns. Please call our office to set up an appointment at your convenience, 302-645-7737.
Patrick Swier, MD is a board-certified and Johns Hopkins trained physician specializing in reversing the signs of aging and the treatment of skin cancer. Our facility in Lewes, with a pathologist on site, provides removal surgery of skin cancers.
The Swier Clinic has two locations for your convenience and privacy:
The Swier Clinic, Sussex County
1400 Savannah Road
Lewes, Delaware 19958
The Swier Clinic, New Castle County
2600 Glasgow Avenue | Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19702-4777