Tips for Skin Cancer Self-Examination
When it comes to the different forms of cancer, none is easier to detect than skin cancer. Unlike other forms of cancer that can develop and grow for a while before a patient sees symptoms, skin cancer starts in a visible place—outwardly, on the skin—so as long as you’re regularly looking out for strange or changing spots, you can catch it early. This is why self-examination is so crucial.
To help you know how to examine your own skin for changes and know when it’s time to see a dermatologist, here are some key tips to keep in mind:
- Know What Skin Cancer Looks Like: Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, even under toenails or in places that never see the sun. Spots may have scaly patches, dome-shaped growths, sores that don’t heal or heal and come back, brown or black streaks under nails or moles that change or look different from others.
- Know the Warning Signs: The key warning signs a spot may be troublesome are when it bleeds, itches, changes or differs from the others on your body.
- Remember Spots Could Be Your Only Symptom: A person can have skin cancer and no other symptoms. Just because you feel good doesn’t mean your strange mole or growth doesn’t mean anything. To confirm that it’s nothing to worry about, you’ll want to see a specialist.
- See a Dermatologist about Questionable Areas: Any spots that are abnormal, changing or otherwise suspicious should be evaluated by a dermatology specialist. He or she will need to do a skin biopsy of the area to officially determine whether or not it’s skin cancer—but then you’ll have the answer you need.
If you have a suspicious spot or mole that you’d like to have evaluated, schedule an appointment with us at Skin Cancer Care Specialists today. Call 561-775-6011 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
UPDATED PRACTICE POLICY NOTICE – 5-6-2020
The providers and staff at Skin Cancer Care Specialists hope you and your families are faring well during this time. We wanted to share an update on our practice and new policies which will affect your next visit to our office. Effective May 4, 2020 the State of Florida lifted restrictions on medical practices and in response we are opening our schedules up to see patients on a broader scale inclusive of skin cancer screenings.
In light of the loosening of restrictions we would like to outline additional and ongoing practice policies for accommodating patients:
Universal Mask Policy: Effective April 13, 2020 all patients and visitors to our office are required to wear a non-medical mask. As part of our continuing mitigation efforts, on March 30, 2020, all providers and staff have been required to wear a mask at all times.
Temperature Screening: All staff, patients, vendors or visitors to our office will be required to have a temperature screening before accessing the clinical suite. If anyone registers a temperature of 100 F they will not be granted access to the suite and their visit will be cancelled and rescheduled.
Patient Screening: Every patient will have strict screening over phone before they come to the office and again at check-in before entering the clinical suite. If anyone is identified to have flu like symptoms of fever, dry cough, muscle pains or any respiratory symptoms their visit will be rescheduled until they are completely well.
Patients Who Have Traveled: Part of our screening process will be to determine if a patient has recently traveled outside of our local area. All patients who have traveled out of our local area, especially to a geographic location with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases, will be scheduled a minimum of 14 days after their return to Palm Beach. If you have an emergent need please contact our office and we will determine if a telemedicine visit is appropriate to accommodate you before the 14 day waiting period. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this policy.
Patient Hand Hygiene: All patients and visitors are required to sanitize their hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided by our office immediately upon arrival to our office. Patients will be reminded not to touch their face after sanitizing their hands.
Social Distancing: We are achieving social distancing by spacing out patients with the goal to eliminate waiting in our waiting room. To achieve this goal, we are requesting only the patient, and a caregiver if a companion is necessary, come to the appointment. We are also requiring patients to call us upon arriving to the office parking lot and we will inform them when to come to our office suite to be taken to a room. Our staff will direct patient movement in our suite to achieve social distancing between patients, please follow directions by our staff members to help us maintain a safe environment for you and other patients.
Telemedicine: In addition to our regular office hours, we are offering telemedicine options on a temporary basis. Telemedicine may be accommodated by Skype/Facetime video conferencing or photo review with telephone consultation follow up. Please note some appointment types may not qualify for telemedicine visits. If you have an appointment that qualifies for a telemedicine visit you may be given the option to be seen virtually instead of at our office.
In addition to the measures outlined above we are continuing our environmental infection control and strict standards of hygiene and infection control with our staff. For more detailed information on these items please see our March 2020 blog post: https://sccsmd.com/blog/
To schedule your appointment with Noah Weisberg, M.D., Kathryn Goggins, PA-C or Barbara Acosta, PA-C please call our office at 561-775-6011 and our staff will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you have about our ongoing mitigation efforts to protect our patients and staff.