Skin Cancer & Your GYN Exam
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month
What is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.? Skin cancer.
The key to curing cancer is finding it early. This is just another reason to have your yearly gynecologic exam. Not all skin cancers appear in sun-exposed areas. The outer part of the female genital area – the vulva should be checked for lumps, bumps and new moles. Most of the cancers of the vulva are squamous cell (a type of skin cell) – with several subtypes. Less common types of vulvar cancer are adenocarcinoma, melanoma and sarcoma. The vulva is sometimes a tough area to check yourself. Part of your gynecologic exam is a thorough examination of your skin in the genital area for any signs of cancer.
Schedule your yearly appointment today
…or if you notice any of the following – have it checked right away:
- Lumps, bumps or ulcers that don’t go away
- Rash or wart-like lesions
- Skin color changes – redder or whiter than normal
- New moles
Prevention of skin cancer is your first line of defense –
- Wear sunscreen
- Don’t use tanning beds
- Limit time in the sun
- Wear protective garment (hats, UV sun shirts)