San Antonio Women’s Health
Through every stage of life, we are here to support Texas women’s health. The following pages provide helpful resources to give guidance on some of the most important health issues in a woman’s life. From menstruation to menopause and beyond, the staff at your San Antonio OBGYN is dedicating to providing you with the highest quality healthcare for every stage of your life.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year!
Fast Facts About Skin Cancer
- Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50% of all types of cancers diagnosed combined.
- Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer.
- More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
- Each hour, 1 person dies from skin cancer.
Know the ABC’s of skin cancer to help you identify areas of concern:
A - Asymmetry:
Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.
B - Border:
A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.
C - Color:
A mole that is more than one hue is suspicious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Normal spots are usually one color. This can include lightening or darkening of the mole.
D - Diameter:
If it is larger than a pencil eraser (about 1/4 inch or 6mm), it needs to be examined by a doctor. This is includes areas that do not have any other abnormalities (color, border, asymmetry).
E - Elevation:
Elevation means the mole is raised above the surface and has an uneven surface.
Every woman over the age of 40 is recommended to schedule annual mammograms and have monthly breast self-exam to decrease the chance of death by breast cancer. To learn more about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.
We currently employ the use of state-of-the-art machinery. Please refer to a doctor to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit Avestee Women’s Imaging Center of Alamo Heights.