Total Body Skin Cancer Exams
What is a Total Body Skin Exam?
Why should you get Annual screenings?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with one out of every five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. With early detection, most cases of skin cancer are highly treatable, which is why routine skin cancer screenings are incredibly important.
We recommend that adults should have a full-body skin cancer screening performed by a dermatologist at least once a year. Individuals with a history of skin cancer or a family history of the disease may need to be screened more frequently.
Early detection and prevention is key
The earlier skin cancer is found and treated, the better the chances of survival are. Unfortunately, skin cancer often goes unnoticed, and people may not even realize they have it. During these screenings, we will examine your skin from head to toe, examining any suspicious moles or other skin lesions that may be precancerous or cancerous. If something is unusual, a biopsy will be performed on the same day and pre-cancers are typically treated in the same visit.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from exposure to UV radiation. Seek shade when outdoors, wear protective clothing, apply sunscreen of at least 30 SPF daily, and avoid tanning beds or lamps. If you see any growth, sores, or lesions that concern you, consult us right away.