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Information on Skin Conditions

Alopecia Areata

Telephone: 415-472-3780

Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
Telephone: 415-499-3474

Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome

Telephone: 440-834-0011

Cicatricial Alopecia
Telephone: 310-475-2419

Cutaneous Lymphoma
Telephone: 248-644-9014

Ectodermal Dysplasia
Telephone: 618-566-2020

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Telephone: 213-368-3800

Epidermolysis Bullosa
Telephone: 212-868-1573

Telephone: 215-619-0670

Inflammatory Skin Disease

Telephone: 757-223-0795

Pachyonychia Congenita
Telephone: 877-628-7300

Telephone: 916-922-1298

Telephone: 503-244-7404

Sturge-Weber Syndrome/Port Wine Birthmarks
Telephone: 973-895-4445

Telephone: 877-330-0873
Telephone: 513-541-3903

The Complete Skin Examination

The complete skin examination by your dermatologist has many benefits. Some of these benefits include:

• A review of your skin’s overall health
• Time for your doctor to check all lesions, even ones you may not have noticed
• Time for you to point out spots that concern you
• A clue to underlying internal problems.

You may be a partner in your skin care by doing a skin self-examination at home. Practice frequent self-examinations. Remember, prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma/skin cancer offers an excellent chance of a cure.

If you have any doubt about a mark/lesion, see a dermatologist.

See the chart below for instruction of how to perform a self-examination for melanoma/skin cancer.

The ABC’s of recognizing a suspicious skin lesion which could be a melanoma/skin cancer.

A stands for asymmetry. If you draw an imaginary line through the center of a mole, the two halves will look different in shape, color or both.

B is for border. Look for edges that are uneven, scalloped or blurry.

C is for color. A normal mole is one color throughout. Melanomas may contain different colors or different shades of a color.

D stands for diameter. Most melanomas are ¼ inch (roughly the size of a pencil eraser) or larger.