At Buckeye Dermatology, we provide screenings for skin cancer. The screening is a visual examination of your skin. Moles, birthmarks, and other unique colors, sizes, forms, or texture marks are examined throughout the screening.
These visual inspections detect regions of skin that may be malignant or are at risk of developing cancer in the future. This service is critical since skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer, but it is also one of the most treatable when detected early.
The screening process identifies only spots that may be cancerous. It is not a skin cancer diagnosis. A biopsy is the only way to diagnose the illness. If our doctor suspects a problem, a sample of the affected area will be collected (painlessly) and sent to a laboratory for examination under a microscope for cancer cells.
Why You Should Get Skin Cancer Screenings
In the United States, skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most prevalent forms of skin cancer. These cancers seldom spread to other parts of the body and are usually curable.
Melanoma is a third type of skin cancer. While melanoma is less common than the other two types of cancer, it is more dangerous due to its predisposition to spread and is responsible for the majority of death from skin cancer.
Everyone can benefit from a thorough skin examination. However, those with specific risk factors for skin cancer should contact Buckeye Dermatology and schedule a Skin Cancer Screening soon.
Skin cancer risk factors include the following:
- Frequent exposure to the sun as a result of work or recreational activities
- Pale eyes (blue or green)
- Blond or red hair
- Numerous moles
- Pale skin tone
- Family and/or personal history of skin cancer
- Skin prone to scorching and/or freckles
- A history of sunburn
Skin Cancer Self Examination
You may wish to examine your skin before your consultation so that you can point out any peculiarities to the doctor during your appointment. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer vary depending on the type of cancer. Look for signs that may include:
- A mole or area that has already been discovered but has changed
- A mole that oozes, bleeds, or becomes crusty (inflammatory mole)
- A sore that does not heal after two weeks
- A bump that is shiny pink, crimson, pearly white, or transparent
- Mole or sore with irregular borders that may bleed easily
Schedule Your Skin Cancer Screening with Buckeye Dermatology
The primary purpose of screening is to detect skin cancers earlier in their clinical course than in usual care, allowing earlier and more effective treatment and thereby reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality.
At Buckeye Dermatology, we give you individualized, high-quality care. We are committed to enhancing and sustaining your health by treating skin cancer, acute skin diseases, and chronic skin conditions.
Contact us to have an expert skin cancer screening in our office today. Call (602) 754-6075.