Regular skin exams are one of the keys to keeping your skin healthy. Not only do you need to do regular skin exams at home, but you will also need to get an annual examination from a dermatologist to check for abnormalities and prevent skin cancer.
It does not take long to perform a check of your skin. In fact, we may be able to perform a head to toe check of your skin in less than 10 minutes. During your skin exam, you will be checked for birthmark changes, abnormal growths and changes in moles. If you have questions or concerns, then you will need to make sure that you ask them during your examination.
Detect Skin Cancer Early
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. It is estimated that 20 percent of people will develop it in their lifetime. There are more than 2 million people diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Those statistics may be scary to hear, but it is important to remember that skin cancer is much easier to treat if it is detected early. The patient’s chance of surviving skin cancer is more than 90 percent if it is detected early.
Many patients do not get diagnosed with skin cancer until it has spread to other parts of the body. Once the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the patient’s prognosis is a lot lower. Skin cancer has a tendency to run in families. If you have a family history of skin cancer, then we may recommend that you get more frequent screenings. You may also need to get more frequent screenings if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer in the past. This is helpful in catching any issues at an early stage and beginning immediate treatment.
Many people believe that skin cancer can only develop in the areas that are exposed to the sun. While skin cancer typically affects sun-exposed areas, such as the face or hands, it can develop on any part of the skin. In fact, melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer, can also develop on the genitals.
Check for Other Skin Conditions
Skin cancer is not the only condition healthcare providers are looking for when they examine the skin. They are also looking out for psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. Those conditions are also easier to treat if they are detected early.
Contact Pinnacle Dermatology today to schedule your consultation. We’ll review your medical history with you and perform any necessary skin exams. Our medical team can then recommend the most effective treatments for your needs.