If detected and addressed early, skin cancer has a 99 percent survival rate; hence, skin cancer screening is important for cancer prevention. Recognized dermatologist Robert Skaggs, MD, FAAD, advises patients to conduct frequent self-screenings at home in conjunction with thorough skin cancer screenings at the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center in Franklin, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. To find out more, set up a consultation with a Bowling Green skin cancer specialist through mobile or online.
How Frequently Do You Need to Be Screened for Skin Cancer?
The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests expert skin checks once every year or more frequently if you are in danger of skin cancer. Depending on your present circumstances and health records, Dr. Skaggs will prescribe you a skin cancer screening regimen.
What Should You Do to Get Ready for Your Skin Cancer Screening?
A Kentucky Skin Cancer Center staff representative will walk you through prepping for your skin cancer screening. This typically involves:
o Taking off nail polish to reveal the nails.
o Taking off makeup to reveal clear facial skin.
o Putting your hair down makes it easier to inspect your scalp.
Another crucial aspect of skin cancer screening is performing head-to-toe self-examinations at home once every month. Whenever you notice new or different moles, record them and present them to Dr. Skaggs as quickly as practicable.
How Should You Look for Moles at Home in a Skin Cancer Screening?
A self-examination covers every area of the body, particularly regions you would not think about, such as your scalp. Examine each of the following areas thoroughly:
o Scalp (use a handheld mirror or a blow dryer).
o Legs (both back and front).
o Back (employ a handheld mirror).
o The genitals (employ a handheld mirror).
o Arms from every angle.
o Hands and fingers.
Moles could sometimes emerge in inconvenient places. Therefore, it is critical to conduct a complete exam. If you discover a new mole, a change in an existing mole, or anything else unexpected in terms of skin developments, you should contact Dr. Skaggs as early as possible.
What Occurs If Your Skin Growth Turns Out to Be Cancerous?
If Dr. Skaggs discovers a diseased or possibly cancerous mole or other skin development following your skin cancer checkup, he could take prompt action to safeguard you. Dr. Skaggs excels in the least invasive removal of malignant moles and other skin developments, such as precancerous growths.
At the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center, Dr. Skaggs could eliminate malignant growths on-site. Because of local anesthetic, procedures are performed with little to no pain, and there is seldom any recuperation following skin cancer excision.
Dr. Skaggs and his colleagues endeavor to offer you a sense of security whilst providing you with the pleasant and high-quality care you need. They look forward to serving you at their office. You are more than a patient at the Kentucky Skin Cancer Center; you are family! Get started with a skin cancer screening from a professional by calling the nearest office or arranging an appointment online today.