What should I expect during a Full Body screening?
Regular skin cancer screenings are important even when you don’t notice a possible sign of a cancerous lesion. The doctors at Boulder Dermatology can examine areas of your body that may have experienced sun exposure or melanoma that are hard for you to see. If you do have concerns about particular areas of your skin, bring these to the attention of your doctor during the exam.
During a skin cancer screening, you undress and put on a hospital gown. Your doctor at Tidewater Dermatology then exams every part of your body, including your chest, face, arms, back, and legs, as well as your scalp, between your toes, behind your ears, and the bottoms of your feet.
The entire exam takes about 10 minutes, or slightly longer if your doctor finds any suspicious moles or other growths.
If you do have a cancerous lesion, Tidewater Dermatology has a Mohs specialist on staff, Dr. Anis Miladi. Mohs surgery is the most effective way to treat skin cancer on specific parts of the body. It’s a methodical but effective way to get rid of basal cell, squamous cell carcinoma and melanomas.
Call or book online to schedule your regular skin cancer screening at Tidewater Dermatology today.
What are the different types of skin cancer?
People of all colors and races can develop any type of skin cancer. These include:
- Actinic keratosis: Precancerous lesions that, left untreated, can turn into squamous cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This type develops in response to prolonged sun exposure over the course of many years, usually in areas such as the head, neck, and back of the hands
- Basal cell carcinoma: The most common type of skin cancer, it also develops in response to prolonged sun exposure on areas such as the head, neck, and face
- Melanoma: The most serious type of skin cancer that can spread quickly if not treated
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Signs of skin cancer are varied and if you see anything suspicious, it’s important to get it checked out by the doctors at Boulder Dermatology. They include:
- A growth or sore that doesn’t go away
- Nodules, raised bumps, or rashes on your skin
- Raised areas that bleed easily
- Irregular patches of skin that change shape over time and take up more space
What indicates a mole may be a sign of melanoma?
It’s important to screen for melanoma regularly, as it is especially deadly if not treated right away. Moles, beauty marks, and brown spots are usually harmless, but you should know when to suspect one is turning cancerous. The following are known as the ABCDEs of melanoma:
- Asymmetrical shape
- Borders that are uneven
- Colors that vary
- Diameter that is larger than a pencil tip
- Evolving appearance