When it comes to your annual check-ups to stay healthy, what comes to mind? It may be two trips to the dentist every year for cleanings, a physical at your primary care doctor’s office, and the occasional sick visit as needed. However, are you doing anything to take care of your body’s largest organ – your skin? It is important to keep an eye on your skin for any changes. Learn more about skin cancer screening and treatment options during a consultation with us at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA.
What Is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is an extremely common form of cancer that causes abnormalities on the skin. It is a diverse disease that impacts many people in different ways. Common forms include:
- Actinic Keratoses
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
With the help of skin cancer screening and treatment, it is possible to check for any changes and identify possible treatment options. A screening allows for the diagnosis of moles, dermatological conditions, or other concerns.
What Could I Expect from Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment?
During a skin cancer screening, your skin will closely be checked. It is important to indicate any areas of concern. Spots, such as sun spots or moles, will be checked with particular care. For example, moles are checked according to the ABCDE method, which involves checking for:
For the most effective diagnosis, particularly in accordance with the ABCDE method, it is important to be familiar with your own skin and features prior to your exam. Self-exams are very important and helpful.
If there are areas of concern, treatment may be recommended. In most cases, treatment may involve complete extraction of the blemish. The process may be tedious, but, in most cases, it is an effective solution for entirely removing the cause for concern.
Why Are Screenings Important?
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. However, it is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. With the help of a skin cancer screening, early detection may help diagnose the condition for most effective treatments.
It is important to regularly monitor your own skin for any changes. If you notice any changes or are concerned about the health of your skin, it is important to seek the opinion of a medical professional, such as a dermatologist like Dr. Nunnally. During your consultation with us in Baton Rouge, we will examine your skin and check for any abnormalities.
Schedule Your Consultation!
It is important to make your skin health a priority. Contact us today at Nunnally Dermatology and schedule your consultation to learn more about your skin cancer screening and treatment options. Dr. Donna Nunnally and her dedicated staff proudly serve you from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We are committed to you and your health.