Monday, July 15, 2019

Schiltz shares ‘ABCDE’s and F of Skin Spots’ for UV Safety Month

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Do you know what to look for in your skin spots to detect potential skin cancer?

Faith Schiltz – a nurse practitioner for Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, who also previously worked in dermatology – uses the “ABCDE’s rule” and her own “F” as a way to educate her patients about how to examine their own skin to spot potential melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

For UV Safety Month, Schiltz shares that education with you in this video:

Here’s a quick-glance review of the “ABCDE’s and F of Skin Spots”:
Faith Schiltz, ARNP

A = Asymmetry. Is one half of the skin spot is unlike the other half?

B = Border. Is the border irregular? Iis it scalloped or a poorly defined border?

C = Color. Is it varied from one area to another; does it have more than one or two colors, does it have shades of tan, brown or black, white, red or blue/grey?

D = Diameter. Is it bigger than 6 millimeters – the size of a pencil eraser?

E = Evolving. Does a mole or skin lesion look different than it used to? Is it changing in size, shape and or color? Is it growing up.

F = Funny-looking. If you notice a spot that looks different from any other spots that you have, or if it itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to have it evaluated.

In addition to examining your own skin monthly, Schiltz says people should have their skin examined once a year by a medical provider and more often if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit

For Faith Schiltz tips and tidbits on how to protect your skin from damage from UV rays, visit:

Promise Community Health Center is open during the following hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. To schedule an appointment, call Promise at 712-722-1700 or visit Promise's website at