Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Growth Prevention

Prevention of a skin lesion includes:

  • Avoid exposure to chemicals.
  • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
  • Use sunscreen if you are out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
  • Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Perform regular skin self-examinations:
    • Skin areas that are often exposed to the sun are at highest risk for skin cancer.
    • See your doctor for changes in color, size, or overall appearance of skin lesions.
    • See your doctor for new or unusual skin lesions.
  • Learn the American Cancer Society's ABCD rules for skin lesions:
    • A: asymmetry: one-half of the mole does not match the other half.
    • B: border irregularity: the edges of the mole are ragged or notched.
    • C: color: the color of the mole is not the same all over. There may be shades of tan, brown, or black, and sometimes patches of red, blue, or white.
    • D: diameter: the mole is wider than about 1/4 inch

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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