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
Skin Cancer Screening Reviews
"I worked with Dr Smith many years ago when he was just starting out and when I worked for another derm we sent many patients to him for surgery. He even did surgery on my 90 yr old grandmother. He is an awesome surgeon. I have seen so many of his patients after surgery and they loved him. Is he arrogant? Yes, he is but I would go to him in a heartbeat for removal of skin cancer "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 03, 2019
"Myself and my children have been seen here for routine skin checks as well as issues that needed immediate attention. We have seen multiple providers, all have been prompt, caring, knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend this practice!"- K.G. / Google / Sep 02, 2021
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.
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.
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.