Skin cancer screenings are performed by the dermatologist in order to help locate any moles or regions of skin which could be cancerous. Generally, a thorough assessment of the person’s skin will be conducted. If a possible cancerous region has been discovered the doctor will most likely perform a biopsy. This is done to collect a sample of the skin cells in order to have them evaluated by a lab to determine if malignant cells are present. Self-exams as well as annual skin screenings are exceptionally important because early detection of cancer is crucial to successful treatment.
Typically, cancer screenings take about 10 minutes. If a skin biopsy is required, the procedure may take longer. Patients may also use this time to evaluate the skin for signs of other skin conditions and issues. The goal is to ensure that the entire body is examined for signs of cancer so these screenings will be private.
A person’s skin can change so much. This is why it is recommended that patients have a cancer screening performed every 12 months. This ensures that troubling developments are detected in their earliest stages. Performing self-exams should not be neglected. Proceed to the dermatologist as quickly as you can if you notice any changes. For patients who have a family history of skin cancer, already had skin cancer, or have many moles, skin cancers screening should take place every three months.
The treatment used will take into account the depth of penetration, the tumor’s type, location, and size in addition to the patient's overall health and age. Treatment options include:
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