Skin Cancer: Treatment & Prevention
The ABCDEs of melanoma or for any mole are asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution.(evolving or changing mole, like itching, scabbing and bleeding.)
Strategies for preventing skin cancer
- Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB)sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Limiting the time in the sun. Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
- Cover up with clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Use UV protected sunglasses.
- Monthly self-exams of the skin and yearly skin checks by dermatologists are recommended.
Dr. Mahesh Ochaney is a solo practitioner who has been practicing Internal Medicine since 1991. Dr. Ochaney’s compassionate primary care has been recognized several times over the years, including being named a 2018 Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine and receiving a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation.