Melanoma Specialist Chevy Chase

Are you looking for a melanoma specialist in Chevy Chase? Dr. Hyland Cronin is a highly trained, experienced, and knowledgeable melanoma specialist. She has the skill and experience to care for your skin cancer needs.

Protecting Your Skin

At Cronin Dermatology we provide expert care for melanoma and other skin cancers. Skin cancer can spread to your organs and bones if it is not treated. Fortunately, when it is caught early, it can be treated and cured with surgery. Our melanoma and skin cancer program specializes in early diagnosis, and we excel at treating skin cancer.

Causes and Risks of Skin Cancer

What causes skin cancer? Who is at risk? If you spend too much time in the sun, you have an increased risk of getting melanoma. Excess UV radiation can cause skin cells to become abnormal. These damaged cells grow out of control and attack nearby tissue.

Your family history and skin tone may also put you at a higher risk of developing melanoma. These risk factors include:

  • Family history of melanoma
  • Fair skin
  • Atypical moles

Symptoms of Melanoma

Melanoma Specialist Chevy Chase

A change in the size, shape, or color of a mole can be a sign of melanoma. Melanomas often appear:

  • Brown or black
  • Flat with uneven edges
  • At least ¼ inch or larger
  • Irregular or asymmetrical in shape

A melanoma may be itchy, sore, and may bleed. On the other hand, you may not notice any symptoms at all.

Moles typically appear on the upper back of women and men, and they are common on women’s legs.

Preventing Skin Cancer-Tips from a Melanoma Specialist

You can prevent melanoma and other skin cancers by protecting yourself from the sun. Follow these tips:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Choose a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are outside.
  • Minimize sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear sun protective clothing.
  • Use extra sun protection when near the water, at higher elevations or in tropical climates.
  • Avoid tanning salons and sunbathing.
  • Get regular skin checks from your dermatologist
  • Do self-checks at home and watch for odd marks, sores, or moles

Melanoma Specialist in Chevy Chase

Dr. Hyland Cronin is a highly skilled melanoma specialist in Chevy Chase. She will work with you to help you protect your skin and prevent melanoma. She can screen for, diagnose, and treat skin cancer. Additionally, Dr. Cronin is a trained MOHS surgeon. This surgery offers the highest cure rate. To learn more, please contact Cronin Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today.