Posts for: January, 2021
A comprehensive skin examination is a highly effective method for detecting skin cancer. Anyone who observes signs of skin cancer, such as changes in the color or shape of existing moles, should schedule an exam. A yearly examination is recommended for adults over 40 even if there are no signs of skin cancer. Dr. Stephen Chiarello, the skilled dermatologist at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte can conduct a comprehensive skin examination to check for cancer.
Signs of Skin Cancer
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of every five adults in the U.S. will end up developing some type of skin cancer during their lifetime. Further, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the country. One of the best ways to beat skin cancer is to catch it early.
Skin cancer can be detected early by checking your own skin every month and scheduling comprehensive skin examinations whenever you notice suspicious areas on your skin. Signs that skin cancer might be present include:
- The development of new moles
- Patches of red or pink scaly lesions
- Sudden bleeding or itching of moles
- Sores that continuously heal and re-open
- Changes in the appearance of existing moles
- A raised pink or pearly white bump with visible blood vessels
- Flat scaly scars with blurred edges and a waxy appearance
Comprehensive Skin Examinations
The experienced dermatologist at our office in Port Charlotte performs comprehensive skin examinations to screen for skin cancer. The exams involve a thorough scan of the entire body to look for signs of cancer, such as suspicious growths on the skin. Even areas not regularly exposed to the sun are checked, including the back of the neck, the bottoms of the feet, and in between fingers and toes.
If the doctor identifies suspicious areas, skin samples can be taken for biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. If so, then different treatment approaches can be discussed. A comprehensive skin examination is a highly effective way to catch skin cancer early when it’s easier to treat. It is best to schedule an exam once a year if you are over 40. A comprehensive skin examination should also be scheduled, regardless of age, if you discover certain changes in your skin that are associated with cancer.
Undergoing a comprehensive skin examination can save your life by leading to the early detection of skin cancer. Additionally, scheduling an exam with Dr. Chiarello every year enables him to identify any changes in the skin since your last visit so potential concerns can be addressed right away. To schedule your comprehensive skin examination, call The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte at (941) 625-2878.