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Although melanoma is one of the least common forms of skin cancer, it is the most serious because the cancer can spread to other parts of your body. You should always check your face and body for any unusual moles or freckles because early detection of melanoma leads to improved outcomes. If you find any suspicious spots on your skin, you should get it checked by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible. At the Canadian Dermatology Centre, we have the experience and expertise to treat melanoma.

What is a melanoma?

Melanoma, the most serious and deadly type of skin cancer, develops in melanocytes, Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, which is the pigment that gives your skin its colour. Finding melanoma at an early stage is crucial, as early detection can vastly increase your chances for cure.

How to spot a melanoma?

You should always think to yourself, the ABCDEs of melanoma when doing a self-examination of your body for warning signs of melanoma.

  • A is for Asymmetry: Most melanomas are asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle of the lesion, the two halves will be different in shape and size. This is not the case for common moles as they are usually symmetrical.

  • B is for Border: Melanoma borders tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges, as opposed to commmon moles which tend to have smoother, more even borders.

  • C is for Colour: Multiple colours are a big red flag. While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of colur, such as brown, tan or black. As it grows, the colours red, white or blue may also appear.

  • D is for Diameter: If a suspected lesion is the size of a pencil erase (about 6mm in diameter) or larger, then it is a warning sign.

  • E is for Evolving: Any changes in shape, size, colour, an elevation of a spot on your skin, or any new symptoms, such as itching, bruising or crusting, may all be warning signs of melanoma.

If you notice any of the warning signs above, please come and see us or other board-certified dermatologist as promptly as possible. Early detection and intervention makes a huge difference.

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Re-Opening June 8th Update

As a valued member of the Canadian Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Centre, we want to personally update you on steps our practice has taken to protect you and your health in light of the COVID-19 situation.

As it has always been, the safety and health of our patients and staff members remain our highest priority. We want to thank you for your support and the confidence you have in our practice. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and have added the following extra measures to protect our patients:

  1. A COVID-19 screening questionnaire must be completed prior to your appointment.
  2. Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to check-in while in your car and one of our staff member will come and meet you at the door.
  3. Patients must arrive wearing their own face masks, and continue to wear them in office until taken into the exam room, and sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  4. We have spaced out the waiting room area and decreased our daily patient volume to reduce the likelihood of crowding.
  5. We have installed plastic barriers at the front desk for the safety of our staff and patients.
  6. Social distancing is seen as the most effective way of slowing the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. Patients should avoid close contact, minimize interaction, and put distance between themselves and other patients within the office.
  7. We will continue to provide virtual consultation options to patients who would like to see our specialists virtually.
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Thank you for being a loyal patient. We will remain attentive to this situation and keep you updated on any changes with the practice.

- The CDPSC Team