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Skin Cancer and Dental Visits

June 6, 2011

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 4:21 pm

Did you know that every time you go to the dentist, we check your head, face and mouth for abnormalities and skin cancer? As professionals, we take our time to observe and document moles or birthmarks. We have been trained to identify lesions that appear suspicious so we may refer our patients out for further care if necessary.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from sun exposure. The CDC recommends protecting your skin by covering up with clothing and wearing hats.  Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect exposed skin. Check your skin often and if you see a lesion that is asymmetrical, has irregular borders or an inconsistent color, it is time to consult your physician. Many skin cancers are highly treatable if they are caught in time. Ask your Hygienist or Dentist at your next visit for more information.

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