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It’s a new year. People are still trying to sort out those New Year’s resolutions. Why not keep it simple and add something highly beneficial to your weekly or monthly routine? Sound good? Skin checks. Do it. The long and short of it is that is could save your life.
You brush your teeth everyday, right? You shower on a regular basis, right? You probably shave from time to time, right? These are all normal, routinely driven things that we do in life. And while they’re all “socially responsible” behaviors, you’re probably not putting your own life in jeopardy if you forget to act on one of these items. Yet, they’re inherent. They’re a part of our active psyche. Skin checks however, are not. Why is that? It’s simple. Have a look around. See anything peculiar? Feel anything peculiar? If the answer is “yes,” get a professional opinion. As mentioned, this action and proactive preventative measure could literally save your life.
The reality is, anyone can get skin cancer. Matters not what your age is. Matters not what your skin color happens to be. It’s estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Catching it early involves you taking action (that, again, isn’t really any sort of taxing activity).
There are five basic steps that are involved in giving yourself a skin check:
If you notice a spot that is different from others, something that wasn’t there before or, a long existing spot that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
What you can expect when you come in for a scheduled skin exam:
A professional skin exam is more than just looking at your skin. It begins with your story and the relationship that you have had with the sun since you were a child.
Questions you may be asked:
All of this background information helps us to determine one's risk, and also helps us to best educate the patients.
After the this initial Q&A session has expired, next steps are as follows: