Oh, that must just be a bump from acne, right? At least, that is what one of my patients thought. That is until I had to tell him he actually had skin cancer.
Since there aren’t any obvious symptoms in its early stages, skin cancer often goes unnoticed. But, if left untreated, it can have significant consequences, including disfigurement, loss of function, and, even in the most severe cases, death. The good news is that the most common types of skin cancers are treatable when found early.
Let’s get serious
Regular skin checks are essential for early detection and is an important way for patients to stay healthy and possibly avoid more serious and involved treatments. It’s time for your annual skin checkup appointment!
Checking 1. 2. 3!
- Your exam starts by our staff asking you questions including your history of sun exposure and sunburns. I’ll also want to know if you have any moles or other spots that have been worrying you. Family history about skin cancer is also important to consider in your risk factor.
- Since skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body, your exam is head-to-toe.
- I’ll even check areas that don’t see a lot (or even any) sun. Between your fingers and toes and the bottoms of your feet get checked, too.
What’s that spot?
Many people have lots of spots on their skin, such as skin tags, sunspots, and even benign moles. These aren’t medically worrisome. However, if you noticed a spot that doesn’t go away or a mole that’s changed, it’s time to let me look at it and see if it’s something that needs to be treated or biopsied.
Here for your dermatological needs
I provide both medical and cosmetic dermatological services. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment.