Medical experts recommend that adults and children undergo routine screening for changes in the appearance of their skin. Regular visits to the dermatologist are just as important as regular visits to the dentist in light of the fact that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in his or her lifetime. If there is any good news to report, it is that although skin cancer may be one of the most common types of cancer, it is also one of the most preventable. Obviously, however, (pre)cancerous lesions must be found and properly diagnosed before they can be treated. The longer a person waits, the more difficult it will be to treat any skin cancer.

Risk factors for skin cancer vary for different types of skin cancer, but general risk factors include a lighter natural skin color, a family history of skin cancer, exposure to sun through work and play, and a history of sunburns early in life. Protection your skin year round by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors and remain alert for skin abnormalities. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a skin health examination. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Between regular professional screenings, it is important to conduct monthly self- checks, during which brown spots on skin (moles and freckles) should be monitored for changes.