DermaScan

Annual Health and Safety Fair

The Derma Scan is a simple box that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to show sun damage that is invisible to the naked eye.  It is NOT a skin cancer screening.

 

Remember, even a suntan is harmful. Tanning (under the sun or in a tanning bed) is an outward sign of internal skin damage. Long-term exposure to the sun and tanning booths contribute to the risk of developing skin cancer.  Prevention is the key to preventing skin cancer.

 

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma rates have doubled in the last 30 years. A baby born today is 15 times more likely than a 50 year-old to develop melanoma most probably due to ozone depletion allowing more UVA and UVB rays to penetrate the atmosphere. The sun’s effects are literally stronger than when many of us were children.

 

 It is very important to have any mole that has changed – in size and/or shape, if it is bleeding, or if it is growing quickly – checked by a dermatologist. The earlier skin cancer is caught, the greater the chance of it being cured.

 

What are the early warning signs (ABCD's)?

• A - Asymmetry (common moles are round and symmetrical)

• B - Border (skin cancers may have uneven borders)

• C - Color (watch for varied shades of brown, tan or black and also red, white, and blue)

• D - Diameter (if a spot is larger than a pencil eraser (6mm or ¼" diameter) it could be trouble)

 

Adapted from Facts to Stress When Using the Derma Scan, University of Kentucky, Health Education Through Extension Leadership.