skin check potomac

Cancer screening skin checks in Potomac are the best way to catch skin cancer early. Catching it early is essential because skin cancer is easier to treat then. Whether you are at increased risk or not, annual skin checks in Potomac are an important part of keeping yourself healthy. Here’s what you need to know.

skin check potomacAm I at Risk?

You may be at an increased risk of skin cancer if you have:

  • Family history of melanoma
  • More than 50 moles
  • Red or blond hair
  • Fair skin
  • Freckles
  • Blue or light-colored eyes
  • History of frequent or intense sun exposure
  • Personal history of basal cell and/or squamous cell skin cancer

Even for people who are not at an increased risk, its important to keep an eye on your skin and keep up with regular skin checks in Potomac.

What to Expect

During your appointment, you will change into a gown so that your dermatologist can exam your entire body. Skin cancer can occur anywhere, including the mouth, scalp, soles of your feet and genitals. Therefore, your provider will perform a thorough examination.

If you notice that any freckles or moles change shape, size, or color, or a new spot shows up, you should speak to your doctor sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you should have a skin check once a year.

Next Steps

If your provider does find a concerning spot, he/she will determine whether its best to remove it or just monitor it. The provider may take photos so that any changes are more noticeable.

For moles or spot removal, you may be able to do it the same day. If not, you will need another appointment. Once the provider removes it, a biopsy will be performed and sent to a lab. The provider will discuss the results during your follow up.

Dermatologist for Skin Checks in Potomac

Catching skin cancer early can make a big difference in the outcome of your treatment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Cronin Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.