Skin Cancer Screenings

The Importance of Early Detection

Arizona is a sunny state, and we spend a considerable amount of time exposed to the sun. While wearing SPF sunscreens, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing can help prevent skin cancer from developing, it is essential to be screened to be absolutely sure that there are no abnormalities on your skin.

Why Should I Get a Skin Cancer Screening?

Melanoma, commonly known as skin cancer, can be treated with great success when caught in the early stages of development.

But catching melanoma early is the key to successful treatment. It’s the reason why we encourage regular screenings.

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. It can develop on anyone, no matter their skin type. That’s why it is essential that you schedule an annual or biannual skin cancer screening.

Remember – early detection is the key to a successful treatment. To make an appointment for a skin cancer screening, call the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale today at (480) 596-1110.

What is a Skin Cancer Screening?

A skin cancer screening is a preventative measure that can help identify melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell cancer in their early stages. If a physician recommends that you have a screening, it does not mean that you are at risk for cancer. It simply means that your skin is being examined by a specialist who can identify any potential abnormalities.

A screening consists of a skin examination. A specialist will examine your skin closely to see if there are any signs of abnormality. If there are any abnormalities, the specialist will take a small sample of the skin from that area and have it tested by a pathologist. The pathologist will determine if there are cancerous cells in the skin. If no cancerous cells are present, the growth is benign and harmless. If malignant cells are present, your doctor will inform you and help by establishing a course of treatment.

Benefits of Skin Cancer Screenings

Melanomas can be identified by the naked eye. If you or a specialist finds an abnormality on your skin, a simple biopsy can help determine if cancer is present.

Having regular skin cancer screenings can help catch cancerous growths early, before they have a chance to spread to other parts of the body. Because of their location on the skin, skin cancers can be easily removed. Skin cancer that is detected in the early stages of development have a 98 percent, five-year survival rate.

Skin cancer is curable, especially if caught early. Screenings are your best defense against skin cancers. To schedule your skin cancer screening call (480) 596-1110 today.

Who Should Get a Skin Cancer Screening?

To put it simply – everyone should have a regular skin cancer screening. Once you’ve had an initial screening, your doctor will discuss preventative measures you can take and how often you should return for a professional skin cancer screening.

In between your regular screenings, you should do your own self examinations. It only takes a few minutes and it’s convenient to do after a shower or before you get dressed in the morning.

If you notice any abnormalities on your skin or are ready to have your skin examined, schedule your skin cancer screening today at the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale at (480) 596-1110.

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