Skin Cancer Screening
According to the American Cancer Society (A.C.S), the rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. A.C.S project’s that about 76,100 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 43, 890 in men and 32, 210 in women) and about 9,710 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 6,470 men and 3,240 women).
It’s alarming to know that roughly 10,000 melanoma related deaths will occur this year. Knowledge is power. In this case, knowledge can and will save your life. See your dermatologist annually for a complete skin cancer screening to track your moles and ensure any changes aren’t cancerous.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A SKIN CANCER SCREENING?
A skin-cancer screening doesn’t need to be a scary thing. It’s a 15-minute appointment, and now with the development of the first FDA-approved, noninvasive diagnostic tool, MelaFind, it can save the patient from an unnecessary biopsy. The device revolutionized the way dermatologists practice medicine and conduct skin cancer surveillance. It features smart imaging technology that picks up on the disorganization of moles deep below the surface- deeper than a dermatologist can see with a naked eye or dermatoscope.
WHAT YOU INQUIRE DURING YOUR SCREENING?
A patient should always inquire about what they should be looking for regarding changing moles, so they can actively be on the lookout for irregular changes at home. This makes catching a potential skin cancer all that easier. It’s important to check your own skin, at least once a month in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror.