Have your birthmarks checked regularly by a specialist, to minimise the risk of melanoma. Downtown Medical Center has the necessary professional background for a surgical removal, if necessary.
How do birthmarks develop?
They might be present from birth, but with the passing years, some appear on almost everyone, in different sizes and colors. UV-radiation (sunshine, solarium) enhances their development.
Studies prove the connection between sunburn (especially during childhood) and the development of melanoma. This underlines the importance of protection against sunburn, especially for those with many birthmarks.
Why is birthmark screening important?
In the last few years, melanoma incidence is getting higher. Not only the older generation is affected, but also young people between the ages of 20 and 30 years. Birthmark screening is important in prevention, because only dermatologists can determine whether a birthmark carries a risk of melanoma. It is very important that the dermatologist should regularly check the birthmarks, to see the changes in both quantity and quality. This is necessary in order to notice dangerous changes in time.
UV radiation is gradually increasing on the planet, which makes protection against it more of a priority. Seaside holidays and outdoor activities such as bicycling grew in popularity. This phenomenon means more and more skin exposed to the sun. Small children and individuals with a white skin type are in particular danger. However, darker skinned adults can also be affected!
If one spends a lot of time in the sunshine (not necessarily sunbathing), it is crucial to use sunscreens. Protection might also be achieved by appropriate clothing, such as a linen shirt, which is not too warm, yet effectively protects against UV radiation.