Your skin is changing all the time, with new cells in a constant fight to replace the old, and the environment you call home putting it through its paces. While blemishes and bumps can commonly appear on the skin without worry, some can be a sign of a deeper concern. This is where skin screenings come in.
A skin cancer screening is a physical assessment that is performed by a doctor to determine the health of your skin. They will pay close attention to birthmarks, moles, and other skin imperfections, monitoring them for changes, and assessing their cancer risk. What looks like a normal blemish on your skin could look far more dangerous to expert eyes.
Skin cancer checks don’t treat anything specifically but are designed to make it easier to diagnose medical conditions. These screenings are mainly used for finding skin cancer, though they can also be used to identify other problems with your skin. This should help you to get the treatment you need.
Skin cancer checks are very simple procedures. Once you arrive at Cochise Oncology, you will have the chance to talk about your concerns and will be briefed about what to expect from their checks. Following this, your doctor will proceed to inspect your skin, with a specific focus on any areas that you’re worried about. These sorts of appointments are usually less than an hour.
Making sure that you’re clean and free of makeup are the most crucial steps you need to take when preparing yourself for a skin cancer screening. This will ensure that your doctor has the best view of your skin, while also enabling them to get close without feeling uncomfortable. It will also be worth letting them know about any allergies or existing conditions you might have before they get started.
With your skin changing all the time, skin screenings should happen on a regular basis. In fact, experts recommend that you have your skin screened at least once a year, once you’ve reached the age of 35. Those who are high-risk of developing cancer should see their doctor for these checks more regularly, but you can talk to your doctor to see what they think.
Thanks to the non-invasive nature of skin screenings, this sort of treatment won’t come with any downtime.
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