Even though we’re only in the first few weeks of summer, the sun has already done it’s damage believe it or not. If you’re not sporting a nice golden tan you may also have some freckles or brown spots that have appeared as well.
These little freckles may be new moles that are small inconspicuous signs of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
“People who have lots of moles and unusual looking moles are more likely to have melanoma,” said Dr. Jennifer Stein of the NYU Langone Medical Center. “Also, it can be difficult to tell the difference between unusual looking moles and melanomas.”
A new photo procedure called Molesafe, remembers and numbers each of your moles and dark spots on your body. With each repeat procedure, the program updates the growth of each mole for signs of progressing melanoma.
Dr. Max Gomez, CBS morning news health reporter explains the details of Molesafe:
Molesafe, is high resolution digital photography and mapping combined with something called dermoscopy. It lets dermatologists look more deeply into a suspicious mole – and keep track of it all. (cbsnews.com)
The dermoscopy part of the system lets doctors determine which moles need to be biopsied and which are harmless. (cbsnews.com)
Don’t wait until the end of the summer to get your sun spots checked out. It’s better to be safe by getting detected early on, rather than getting unfortunate news that could have been prevented. Find a dermatologist near you on Vitals.com and don’t take chances with the deadliest form of skin cancer.