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Diagnosing Melanoma - Carlsbad/Encinitas in San Diego County

Diagnosing Melanoma - Carlsbad/Encinitas in San Diego County

Level Up Your Glow with Early Detection.

Early Detection Should Be Everyone's  Goal

Melanoma is one of the rarest and most dangerous forms of skin cancer. Often characterized by dark brown or black growths that have abnormal borders, melanoma can be treated or cured when caught early. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, with rates continuing to rise annually. Caused by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells that may appear suddenly or in an existing mole, melanoma is highly treatable when detected early. That being said, advanced melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs, which can result in death. Routine skin exams and mole checks are a great way to ensure early detection. At Glow Theory Dermatology Studio, we believe in using the power of science to enhance our patients’ natural beauty and boost their overall confidence. Our warm aesthetics experts are proud to offer melanoma diagnoses to patients in Carlsbad (La Costa), Encinitas and the neighboring communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Solano Beach and Delmar, California.

Melanoma in Carlsbad, CA

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What Causes Melanoma?

  • The majority of melanoma cases are attributable to UV exposureTanning beds
  • Genetics
  • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one's melanoma risk by 80 percent.

Detecting Melanoma

  • If you notice a mole on your skin, you should follow the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:
    • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
    • Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
    • Color: The pigmentation is not uniform. Different shades of tan, brown or black are often present. Dashes of red, white, and blue can add to the mottled appearance.
    • Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
    • Evolving: The mole or skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology

Melanoma Prevention

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is one of the most effective ways to prevent all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma. Protecting your skin from excess UV ray exposure can include:

  • Finding a shady area. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in San Diego. Finding a shady area to sit back and relax can make all the difference in your skin’s health.
  • Wear protective clothing. Consider wearing breathable long sleeve shirts, pants, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun for long periods of time.
  • Use high-quality SPF. Using medical-grade sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and has an SPF of 30 or higher will be most effective in preventing skin cancer. We recommend checking out our shop (LINK) for SPF that you can wear each day and bring to days at the beach.
  • Avoid tanning beds. UV light doesn’t just come from the sun. Tanning beds can also cause skin cancer and early signs of aging. Instead, we recommend our patients consider artificial tanners.

 

Diagnosing Melanoma 

The Science Behind Your Confidence.

Personalized Plans Tailored To Your Skin

At Glow Theory Dermatology Studio, we believe in using the power of science to help fuel our patients' confidence. We also believe that each of our patient's skin and bodies are as unique as their personality. For that reason, we are proud to provide each patient with an individual melanoma diagnoses. Our medical professionals use the advanced VISIA® skin analysis system in addition to skin cancer screening to capture high-quality images of your skin and assess your problem areas for the ultimate melanoma treatment regimen. Because prevention is key and melanoma can be dangerous, our medical team is happy to provide you with the resources you need to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Sources: American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology

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Take the First Step in Your Glow Theory Experience.

The medical staff at Glow Theory Dermatology Studio is excited to help you regain your confidence and become the best version of yourself. Our expert aesthetic professionals are proud to offer a variety of non-surgical cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments in a welcoming environment that transcends the traditional medspa experience. We are proud to help patients in Carlsbad (La Costa), Encinitas and the neighboring communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Solano Beach and Delmar, California level up their glow. Contact us to schedule your private Glow consultation today.