Skin Cancer Screening Kent Island Eastern Shore

Skin cancer screenings are the best way to catch skin cancer early. This gives you the best chance of cure with early treatment. Here is what to expect from skin cancer screening in Kent Island.

What screening is done for skin cancer?

A skin cancer screening is a head to toe physical exam that looks from cancer before a person has any symptoms. This helps diagnose cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat. If you wait until symptoms appear, the cancer may have already spread.

Your provider will look for any suspicious spots, moles, or sores. They will check your scalp, behind your ears, in between your toes, and other hard to reach spots. They may use a special magnifying glass with a light to examine certain moles or spots more closely. The exam should take about 10 minutes.

What is skin cancer?

Skin Cancer Screening Kent Island Eastern Shore

Skin cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the skin. It is the most common cancer in the U.S. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects you from infection and injury, helps control your body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D.

There are two main types of skin cancer. Nonmelanoma and Melanoma. Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are nonmelanoma cancers. These are the most common forms of skin cancer, and they are often cured.

However, melanoma is more likely to spread to nearby tissues and is harder to treat.

At what age should you get a skin cancer screening in Kent Island?

We typically recommend that patients start doing self-exams at age 18. Skin cancer is a common occurrence and people of all skin colors can get it. However, some people are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. It’s important to talk to your dermatologist about your risk factors. Ask how often you should perform self-exams and whether you need annual screenings from a provider as well.

Skin Cancer Screening Kent Island Eastern Shore

Remember, the key to curing skin cancer is catching it early. If you haven’t had a skin cancer screening in Kent Island, schedule one today. Contact Cronin Dermatology today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Hyland Cronin is a skin cancer specialist and board certified Mohs surgeon.