Now Serving General Dermatology Patients in Oxford, AL

Skin Cancer

Patients often ask us what to look for when examining their own skin for potential cancer. The following signs should be promptly investigated:

  • A new skin growth that does not disappear in four to six weeks.
  • Any skin lesion that continues to grow and turns red, brown, black or is multicolored.
  • A mole, birthmark or beauty mark that increases in size, changes color or texture, or becomes irregular in outline.
  • An open sore or wound that refuses to heal, persists for more than four weeks or heals and later reopens.
  • Any skin spot or growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, becomes a sore or bleeds for several weeks.

Types of Skin Cancer and Pre-skin Cancers

Early detection of skin cancer is key for the best outcome. It is important that you see your doctor for regular skin checks.