Educational Materials


Information on Skin Conditions

Alopecia Areata

Telephone: 415-472-3780
www.naaf.org

Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
Telephone: 415-499-3474
www.nationaleczema.org

Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome

Telephone: 440-834-0011
www.bccns.org

Cicatricial Alopecia
Telephone: 310-475-2419
www.carfintl.org

Cutaneous Lymphoma
Telephone: 248-644-9014
www.clfoundation.org

Ectodermal Dysplasia
Telephone: 618-566-2020
www.nfed.org

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Telephone: 213-368-3800
www.ednf.org

Epidermolysis Bullosa
Telephone: 212-868-1573
www.debra.org

Ichthyosis
Telephone: 215-619-0670
www.scalyskin.org

Inflammatory Skin Disease

Telephone: 757-223-0795
www.iskionline.org

Pachyonychia Congenita
Telephone: 877-628-7300
www.pachyonychia.org

Pemphigus
Telephone: 916-922-1298
www.pemphigus.org

Psoriasis
Telephone: 503-244-7404
www.psoriasis.org

Sturge-Weber Syndrome/Port Wine Birthmarks
Telephone: 973-895-4445
www.sturge-weber.org

Vitiligo
Telephone: 877-330-0873
www.vitiligosupport.org
Telephone: 513-541-3903
www.nvfi.org


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.