Skin Cancer Screening

ABOUT SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one in five Americans will get skin cancer at some point. It is vital to have routine checks for any potential signs or symptoms you might be experiencing so as to detect them before they turn into dangerous conditions, particularly when you have a family or personal history for it! Detection early gives us more treatment options and improved results.

EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY

It is important to take care and protect our skin because if you don’t then cancers can grow from there which will cause unwanted tumors with no hope for treatment- but that doesn’t mean they’re inevitable! Knowing your risk factors and early detection are two major keys to the effective treatment of skin cancer. With regular exams, we can check for any suspicious moles or growths on our patients and provide them with an accurate diagnosis so they know what treatment is best suited toward their needs.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Following your examination, a member of our team will speak with you about the skin and make recommendations. We’ll also tell when it’s time for another appointment in order to get on track with everything!

If a biopsy is necessary then there could be scarring involved but our team will work hard at minimizing those risks by making small incisions and removing the thinnest skin sample during surgeries like this one; also keep in mind how important good maintenance after surgery really has been.

IDEAL CANDIDATES

You do not need to be a certain age or have any particular skin type in order for you to develop skin cancer. While those with lighter complexions are at higher risk, everyone can get it and there is no way of knowing when or where the first signs may show up! It is recommended that every patient do a routine check of their skin and see if there are changes, itches or bumps that occur and schedule a screening.

PROCEDURE TECHNIQUE

Your skin check will be an opportunity to let us know if you have any concerns about moles, birthmarks or other growths. We might make a map to indicate areas of concern  as a reference to easily identify new growths at future appointments.

Oftentimes, for us to evaluate a suspicious spot, we would perform a biopsy. We will numb the suspicious region and shave a little sample to send to the pathology laboratory for testing. You will be contacted to hear the results after the report is complete and provide instructions on how to do a self-exam in between your visits.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The four major characteristics of skin cancer are Asymmetry, Border, Color and Diameter. These cancer moles may appear in different shapes where one side does not match the other and have jagged or blurred borders. The mole would also have different shades of brown, black or tan and does not appear uniform in color and is often more than 6 millimeters in diameter.

Early detection of skin cancer is the key for us to provide the appropriate care. It is recommended to receive a skin cancer screening annually or bi-anually. If you are unsure of a mole or lesion, it is better to go ahead and schedule a screening.

The first step of a skin cancer screening will involve closely reviewing any part of your body that appears abnormal. If something looks like it might be cancer, then we take a biopsy to confirm that cancer exists. Very few cases are diagnosed by simply looking at them.

If you have concerns about your skin, cancer screenings and biopsies are the first step in finding skin cancer early. Our team works closely with patients so that we can detect skin cancers early before they have a chance of spreading elsewhere in your body or even becoming impossible to remove completely. We do screenings, biopsies, diagnosis and treatments. We also provide reconstructive and plastic surgery.

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