Do I Have Skin Cancer?
I have pale skin and moles. One of my moles on me legs looks black in the middle. Could I have skin cancer?
19-year-old Adrian Plotnicoff gets a thorough skin check up by her dermatologist every six months.
She had precancerous moles removed in the past, so she was always on the lookout for anything that looked suspicious.
Her vigilance paid off in January.
“I actually noticed it in my skin check that there was a weird mole between my toes I had never seen before,” said Plotnicoff.
Her dermatologist, Dr. Marta Rendon, was surprised by what she saw.
“She takes her shoe off it, we look at it and it’s pitch black, irregular.”
It turned out to be malignant melanoma.
Also surprising is the fact that this college freshman is not Rendon’s youngest patient with this cancer.
“I had a 10-year-old with melanoma several years ago,” said Rendon. She says Melanoma is the second leading cause of cancer in people ages 15 to 29. “40 percent of them are diagnosed late because we don’t think about kids having skin cancer,” said Rendon.
Plotnicoff’s melanoma was detected at a very early stage and was surgically removed. “It’s a very scary word but I was extremely relieved that we had a doctor that I know was behind us and got him immediate attention,” said her mother Laura Plotnicoff.
Now they’re hoping to get the attention of young sun lovers who might not realize the importance of using sunscreen and reapplying at least every two hours.
The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to check your own skin for possible warning signs.
“Something pops up out of the blue, it’s black, dark or if it bleeds grows or changes color any of those signs you need to bring it up to your doctor,” said Rendon.
The FDA approved SIMSYS-MoleMate Skin Imaging System, a non-invasive skin cancer screening procedure, is a significant advance in the early detection of potentially life threatening moles and lesions.
Physicians have found the SIMSYS-MoleMate Siascope hand-held device easy to learn and use, and that it rapidly provides accurate images of the pigment, blood, and collagen below the mole or lesion.
Now, for the first time, physicians can more accurately evaluate suspicious moles and lesions in a non-invasive, pain-free way. Experts also believe it may reduce the need for time consuming and expensive biopsies. For more information about
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