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What is a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is a comprehensive dermal exam that is performed to identify cancerous tissue. This is highly recommended for patients who have numerous moles, fair complexions, or a family history of skin cancer. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you have noticed any changes in your skin or suspicious growths. Early detection is key for the successful treatment of skin cancer, and if left untreated, it can spread to other areas on your body or lead to permanent damage. To schedule your skin cancer screening, call Clearview Dermatology in Leominster, Gardner, or Hudson, MA. Our board-certified team is here to serve you.

What Are The Benefits Of A Skin Cancer Screening?

A regular skin cancer screening at Clearview Dermatology is your first line of defense against skin cancer and offers a number of great benefits, including:

  • Identifying changes in moles and freckles
  • Diagnosing and treating skin cancer early
  • Supporting better skin cancer treatment outcomes
  • Offering peace of mind
  • Screening is quick and easy

Am I A Candidate For A Skin Cancer Screening?

People of all ages can have skin cancer. While people with lighter skin complexions are at greater risk, all skin types and tones could get skin cancer. At Clearview Dermatology, our team of experienced doctors recommends every patient do regular self-checks of their skin so that they know what's there and when anything changes. You should schedule a skin cancer screening anytime you are worried that a spot on your skin has changed, bleeds, or itches. If you or a close relative have been diagnosed with skin cancer, then you may want to make appointments for annual skin cancer screenings.

How is a skin cancer screening performed?

All skin cancer screenings are performed on-site at our office within a private treatment room. To start, we'll provide you with a medical gown and have you undress to prepare for the exam. We understand that this can be embarrassing, and our team will do our best to work as quickly as possible. The goal of this exam is to inspect the skin thoroughly to detect skin cancer or any areas of concern. The screening will take just a few minutes and in some cases, may include a biopsy. Once your exam is complete, you'll be free to get back to your normal routine. If anything suspicious was found or your biopsy reveals abnormal cells, we'll discuss different treatment options.

What Should I Expect After A Skin Cancer Screening?

After your exam, we will speak with you about your results and make recommendations. We will also let you know when you need to return for your next skin exam. Should you require a biopsy of a concerning spot, there is a chance of scarring. We do our best to minimize the incision and remove the smallest skin sample possible during the biopsy. We will tell you the best method to take care of your skin following the biopsy to help your skin heal correctly. With good maintenance, any scarring should be flat and fade so it's barely visible.

Skin cancer screening FAQs

When should I receive a skin cancer screening?
Everyone should receive a skin cancer screening annually. However, you should call Clearview Dermatology as soon as you see any noticeable changes or anomalies in the skin. Patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer may need to attend skin cancer screenings more often than once a year.

When is a biopsy necessary?
A biopsy is only needed if a part of your skin appears abnormal or possibly cancerous. Our dermatologists can analyze your skin to determine if we need a sample. If you're concerned about what goes into a biopsy, our team can explain it to you. We'll also discuss possible treatment options if the biopsy reveals skin cancer.

If skin cancer is identified, what are my next steps?
Cancer cells must be removed to prevent them from spreading. Clearview Dermatology works closely with patients to make sure they understand all of their options moving forward. Some common treatments for cancer include excision, electrodesiccation and curettage, cryosurgery, and Mohs surgery. The type of procedure chosen varies depending on each individual case.

How can I protect my skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer?
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is essential in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing protective clothing like hats and sunglasses, and seeking shade during peak sun hours are vital steps. Clearview Dermatology can recommend specific products and strategies to help you maintain healthy skin.

Are there specific signs or symptoms I should watch for between my annual screenings?
While annual screenings are vital, it's important to monitor your skin for any changes or unusual signs between visits. Look for new growths, sores that don't heal, changes in the size, shape, or color of existing moles, or any other changes that seem out of the ordinary. If you notice anything concerning, contact Clearview Dermatology promptly for an evaluation.

Can I perform self-examinations for skin cancer, and how would I do that?
Yes, self-examinations are an essential part of skin cancer prevention. Regularly inspecting your skin helps you become familiar with what's normal, making it easier to spot any changes. Using a mirror, carefully check your entire body, including hard-to-see areas like the back and scalp. If you need guidance on performing self-examinations, our team at Clearview Dermatology can provide instructions and answer any questions.

Schedule Your Exam

We know that skin cancer sounds scary, but knowledge is power, and thanks to modern medicine, there are numerous treatments that are available to effectively eliminate this disease. Our team will also help educate you on the signs and symptoms to look out for if you are at higher risk or have a family history of skin cancer. If you have noticed anything suspicious, get in touch with our board-certified team today.

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