Barbers and hairdressers are increasingly finding themselves forming the first line of defense against skin cancer. According to one survey of hairdressers in a particular area of the country, more than one-third of the stylists checked more than half of the customers for signs of skin cancer and made referrals to dermatologists accordingly. The fact is that few people are in a better position to carefully examine the scalp and back of the neck, areas that do not lend themselves easily to self-examination. With about one in 50 Caucasian Americans born today estimated to get melanoma at some point in their lives, it certainly helps to conduct skin checks regularly from all angles. Ask your barber or hairdresser to check.
Examining your skin for moles that change shape or color is an important part of preventive health care. Using mirrors can help you check moles on your back or neck. However, your barber or hairdresser has the best view of your scalp. Treating skin cancer, particularly melanoma, in its early stages is critical. Whether you or someone else notices an unusual spot on your skin, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. The sooner melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is diagnosed, the greater the likelihood that it will be successfully treated.