Skin Cancer Screening
Anyone can develop skin cancer, and not all types of skin cancer are related to sun exposure – so regardless of your history, it’s important to regularly check your skin for unusual spots or bumps.
You can perform a quick self-exam for skin cancer at home, but everyone should receive a full skin exam from a dermatologist once per year. However, if you notice a new growth or spot during a self-exam, you should make an appointment with your dermatologist immediately.
Individuals at greatest risk for developing skin cancer include those who have a history of sun exposure, blistering sunburns, and prior or current use of tanning salons. Those who have compromised immune systems are also at increased risk.
For optimal skin cancer prevention, you should adopt a variety of sun safety practices. Our dermatologists recommend wearing sun protective clothing and applying sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to exposed areas every two hours throughout the day, including during cloudy weather and within one hour following water exposure, toweling or sweating. Applying in layers provides the best protection and coverage. Since there is no sunscreen that blocks 100 percent of the sun’s rays, it is important to use other forms of sun protection in addition. Staying in the shade or indoors during the peak UV hours of the day, between 11 am and 3 pm, is also advised.
If your dermatologist finds a cancerous mole during a skin exam, he or she will advise you on next steps depending on your unique circumstance.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (516) 719-DERM (3376).