You stay on top of your health. You go to the doctor once a year for your annual exams. You get all the tests that are recommended at key points in your life. You watch what you eat and you exercise regularly. Although you are doing exactly what you should be doing, you might be overlooking one important appointment. We’re talking about skin cancer screenings.
All too often, we take our skin for granted until an issue comes up. Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing isn’t enough. You need to have your skin monitored by a qualified medical professional in order to nip any potential problems in the bud. Scheduling a skin cancer screening at our office could save your life. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
How Often are Skin Cancer Screenings Necessary?
The typical recommendation for a skin cancer screening is once a year. This will give our board-certified dermatologist the opportunity to give your skin a thorough evaluation, including areas that you cannot see yourself. Your scalp and your back are two key areas that are prone to skin cancer. Our experienced physician will be looking for any spots on your skin that are unusual, such as moles that have changed shape, moles that are strange colors, a spot that doesn’t have clear borders or a growth that isn’t symmetrical. There are warning signs that our dermatologist will be looking for as your skin is monitored. If you are at a high risk for skin cancer or you have had skin cancer in the past, our doctor may recommend skin cancer screenings more often.
Why Are Skin Cancer Screenings Important?
Early detection is key when it comes to skin cancer. The sooner any skin cancer lesions or growths are detected, the sooner they can be dealt with appropriately. When you have a small skin cancer growth, you may only need conservative measures to remove it. Most importantly, you want to keep your skin cancer from spreading or turning into a deadly form of cancer. Skin cancer is no laughing matter. When you come in for your screenings, you’ll find out if there are any areas of concern. In some cases, you may simply need to monitor your skin. You can also learn what you should be doing to protect yourself from skin cancer.
Schedule Your Skin Cancer Screening Today
Your skin is your most extensive organ on your body. You need to take good care of it. It’s not only a matter of looking your best; skin cancer can have a major impact on your health. Scheduling regular skin cancer screenings at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta can give you peace of mind. When you know that you are staying on top of the condition of your skin, you can breathe easier. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office in Alpharetta.