What is a Skin Cancer Screening?
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | September 3, 2019
A skin cancer screening should be scheduled as a routine visit to your dermatologist and repeated on an annual basis similar to a yearly physical. Some people think of a skin cancer screening as a daunting appointment. We want to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared before attending your skin cancer screening. This blog will explain exactly what to expect during your exam and hopefully soothe any anxiety you may feel in association with this type of appointment.
Before the exam you will be given a gown to change into, which will allow Dr. Weisberg to easily view any areas that would not be accessible with regular clothing. Dr. Weisberg will then ask you a few questions regarding your medical history and ask if you have any concerns. It is very important let him know of any areas of the skin that may have an abnormality you are worried about.
During the screening, Dr. Weisberg will conduct a head to toe exam, noting any areas that will need further inspection. This full body exam includes the scalp, eyelids, toenails, fingernails, lymphatic areas, and any other area you are concerned about.
If a suspicious spot is seen, Dr. Weisberg may monitor it over time by taking pictures and tracking any changes, or, he may choose to biopsy the spot the same day. A biopsy involves taking a small sample of the area and sending it out for analysis. Results from a biopsy will usually take 7-10 days.
The entire skin cancer screening will usually take just 20 minutes. That is 20 minutes out of your day that may end up saving your life.
At Skin Cancer Care Specialists, we know the importance of annual skin cancer screenings. Dr. Weisberg is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of skin conditions include all types of skin cancers. To schedule your annual skin cancer screening appointment with Dr. Weisberg please contact our office at 561-775-6011.