The Importance of Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer accounts for more than half of all diagnosed cancers in the U.S. with more than 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) diagnosed each year. Because at least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, it is crucial for patients of all ages and skin types to have regular skin cancer screenings. Skin cancer is one of the most treatable cancers when it is detected and treated early before it can move to other parts of the body.

Regular self skin-examinations done at home by checking your skin and spotting abnormal growths and potential skin cancers before they advance can help reduce the risk and spread of cancer. What should you look for?

-A new growth or a change in the size or color of a mole, bump or lump

-Rough, scaly spots with bleeding

-Dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark

-A change in itching, tenderness, or pain in your skin

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional experienced in skin cancer diagnosis.

Our nurse practitioner offers comprehensive skin cancer diagnosis and treatment services including biopsy of skin lesions, surgical excision of skin cancers, and cryosurgery. In the event that your skin cancer requires more extensive surgery, we have several local Mohs surgeons that we partner with to provide this service.

So why take a chance? Schedule an appointment today and get the answers you need.

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