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Yes, everyone can benefit from visiting their dermatologist once a year.
Your skin isn’t causing you any problems and you don’t notice any issues so you may be wondering why you should visit a dermatologist, right? However, doctors aren’t just there for you once problems arise; our Wellesley Hills, MA, dermatologists want to protect you against a variety of problems including skin cancer. That’s why annual skin exams are crucial for everyone, no matter who you are.
Who should get skin exams?
Everyone can benefit from getting an annual skin exam from one of our Wellesley Hills, MA, dermatologists. Of course, there are some people that should absolutely get screened at least once a year without fail. If you have these risk factors it’s particularly important that you keep up with annual exams,
- You have freckles
- You have fair skin
- You have a family history of skin cancer
- You have had several sunburns in your lifetime
- You notice any changes in or problems with a mole
- You have a history of using tanning beds
What does a skin exam entail?
Just as a regular doctor will check your entire body from head to toe during a physical evaluation our dermatologists will examine your skin from head to toe. What are we looking for? We are looking for any suspicious moles, growths or spots that could be cancerous. We may also use a special magnifying tool to take a closer look.
We will make note of any moles that we will want to continue to monitor. If we do notice any suspicious growths, we may recommend getting the growth biopsied. Sometimes your dermatologist will take photos of the moles or growths to see how they have progressed from one exam to the next.
Of course, this exam is as much for you as it is for the health of your skin; therefore, if you are noticing any issues or symptoms it’s also important to bring them to our attention. Sometimes we will perform a skin exam if you are dealing with symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne or other dermatological problems. Most of these conditions can be diagnosed through a simple skin exam.
Of course, if you ever notice a suspicious growth or other skin problems that are causing you concern, know that our Wellesley Hills, MA, skin doctors are happy to schedule a skin exam any time you need it. Turn to the skin experts at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association by calling (781) 237-3500.
The American Cancer Society reports that skin cancer is the most common type of malignancy. Fortunately, a routine skin exam can catch suspicious spots, bumps and lumps before they advance. At Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, your four board-certified dermatologists can show you ways to examine your skin at home, and they recommend routine in-office check-ups, too.
When should you receive a skin examination?
Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates recommends annual skin examinations for everyone age 40 and up. The rationale is simple: your dermatologist possesses expertise in exactly what those freckles, spots and bumps on your skin may mean. Also, he or she can biopsy, or analyze, suspicious lesions right away, and as needed, start you on the latest treatments.
Plus, your Wellesley dermatologist advises at-home skin examinations for all adults. These simple, monthly body checks help you to know your skin well and to detect changes quickly so you can report them to your physician.
The American Cancer Society emphasizes the importance of skin examinations. Early detection means early cure, even for the most deadly of skin cancers such as malignant melanoma.
How to perform a skin examination
The best time to perform a skin exam at home is after you shower or whenever you have sufficient time to do a thorough check--front to back, head to toe. Simply stand in front of a full length mirror and note all areas of your skin, focusing on the overall color, texture and appearance of freckles, spots and moles.
Be sure to check hidden areas of your body such as between the toes, bottoms of your feet, scalp, and back. Use a handheld mirror as needed, and enlist the help of a spouse or family member to assess what you cannot see yourself.
Changes in color, shapes, size, and texture are important. A sore which does not heal within a week to 10 days, or begins to bleed, hurt, itch or ooze, must be reported to your dermatologist for further analysis.
When you have a question...
If a spot or bump on your skin concerns you, please contact Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates. Our professional team is highly experienced and credentialed in evaluating and treating all kinds of skin conditions, including skin cancer. Also, they can teach you ways to assess your skin properly and how to keep it at its healthiest.
The office opens at 7 am weekdays for your convenience. Call us today for an appointment in Wellesley, MA. Get that skin examination done! Phone (781) 237-3500.