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Comprehensive Skin Checks: Dermatology & Skin Health

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No matter your skin type, we can teach you the best way to care for your skin. That’s why we believe everyone should examine their skin thoroughly. This is a good way to do skin disease control and detect a suspicious mole, skin lesion, or any other suspicious spot that could develop into a harmful condition. 

The first step for most of our patients involves thorough evaluations of their skin in-office, affectionately called skin checks. Through these checks, you and a dermatologist can note all the potential areas for concern at their early stages and provide yourself with skin cancer prevention measures all year-round. 

Melanoma and other forms of skin cancers can often look like benign moles or grow inside existing moles, so it can be difficult to spot by everyday people. However, by conducting monthly checks, you can easily spot these blemishes on your skin and have them checked by a dermatologist to determine if these are cancerous skin cells or otherwise. 

By catching these early, you can prevent your cancer from progressing. Taking skin cancer screening steps like mole mapping and regular skin check consultations are essential to catch skin cancer cells within its earliest stages and stop it from spreading to other skin cells and nearby organs. That's why it's important for you to conduct regular self-examinations of your skin to detect potential skin cancer early on when it’s more easily treatable. 

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What should I look for during a skin check?

The key to detecting skin cancers is to notice changes in your skin. If you see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dermatology & Skin Health’s medical professionals for a more comprehensive skin check:

  • Large brown spots with darker speckles found anywhere on the body
  • Dark lesions on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, fingertips toes, mouth, nose, or genitalia
  • Translucent pearly and dome-shaped growths
  • Existing moles that begin to grow, itch, or bleed
  • Brown or black streaks under the nails
  • A sore that repeatedly heals and reopens
  • Clusters of slow-growing scaly lesions that are pink or red

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed the following ABCDEs of Melanoma guide for assessing whether or not a mole or other lesion may be becoming cancerous. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in the nearest Dermatology & Skin Health location near you if you find a pigmented spot or mole that has the following. 

  • Asymmetry: Half of the mole doesn’t match the other half in size, shape, or color. 
  • Border: The edges of the mole are irregular or blurred and have a poorly-defined border. 
  • Color: The mole is not the same color throughout. You may notice varying colors like brown, black, red, white, and blue. 
  • Diameter: The mole is larger than one-quarter inch in size. Most cases of melanoma are usually bigger than 6mm.  
  • Evolving: The spot that once looked a certain way appears to be changing in size, shape, or color.

How to perform a skin check self-exam 

At least once a month, you’ll want to examine your body thoroughly. First, using a full-length mirror, examine your body from the front and back and then on the sides with your arms raised. Next, check your underarms, forearms, palms, and elbows. Next, sit down and check your legs, toes, and soles. Lastly, examine around your neck, scalp, back, and butt using a hand mirror. 

While checking, you should be taking note of anything that can appear new, changing, or unusual on your skin. This can include:

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Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma

During your self-exam, you may discover some anomalies that may be a cause for concern. In case you see any of these, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. They can determine if your mole or spot is basal cell carcinoma, a squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. 

Basal and squamous cells are common forms of skin cancer also known as non melanoma skin cancers. These develop at the outermost layers of the skin that’s prone to exposure from UV rays, particularly your face, ears, and neck. Those who are bald can also commonly find it on their scalp. 

Basal cell carcinoma appears as a singular pearly bump, while squamous cell carcinoma is a reddish and ulcerated bump that’s prone to bleeding. These two are slow to spread and, if left untreated, can disfigure your skin. However, when caught early, it can be cured and treated. 

Melanoma, on the other hand, is a more serious form of skin cancer and can appear from or near an existing mole. These are more commonly found on your back, legs, head, and neck. If left untreated, this cancer can spread to your internal organs. But if caught early, it can be treated. 

Schedule a Consultation in Seacoast, NH, or North Shore, MA

At Dermatology & Skin Health, we strongly recommend taking skin cancer prevention measures to catch potential signs of skin cancers early. If you’ve conducted a self-exam and found areas of concern or want to learn more about thorough self-exams, please make an appointment to see one of our providers right away. A biopsy of the mole may be necessary to determine if it is or isn't cancerous. 

We have 4 locations: Dover, Newington, Londonderry, NH, and Peabody, MA. You can schedule your comprehensive skin checks in any of these locations. To set up your appointment, request one online or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), or (603) 742-5556 (Bedford).

Schedule Your Consultation Now at Dermatology & Skin Health

At Dermatology & Skin Health, we offer world-class services done by award-winning doctors who have proven their knowledge and skills in this field. Start your journey towards achieving your best skin by contacting us today.

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