Everything You Need To Know About Skin Cancer Screening

27 May 2022
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As we head into another summer season, it is important to note that in addition to the BBQs, boat rides, and dips in the pool, you should be thinking about the health of your skin. Everyone knows that sunscreen is important but so are skin cancer screenings. Here's what you need to know.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "one in five Americans will develop skin cancer" in their lifetime. Luckily, skin cancer that is caught early is easy to treat. That's why regular skin cancer screenings are so important.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

There are a few different factors that can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. These include:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds
  • Light skin
  • Light hair color
  • Light eye color
  • History of sunburns
  • Susceptible to freckling
  • Pre-existence of moles
  • Age
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Personal history of skin cancer

It is important to note that while the above are risk factors, anyone of any age and any skin color is susceptible to skin cancer. Skin cancer screenings are one of your best defenses.

What is a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is a quick, non-invasive test that can be used to check for signs of skin cancer. A skin cancer screening is typically a quick process and does not require any preparation on your part.

What is Melanoma Monday?

May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and Melanoma Monday is an annual event that takes place on the first Monday in May. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of skin cancer screening and early detection. Many dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings on that day to the general public.

How is skin cancer detected?

Skin cancer can be detected through a visual examination by a doctor or dermatologist—such as Hamzavi Dermatology. Your doctor will look for any changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of your skin. They may also perform a biopsy, which is a test that involves removing a small piece of skin to be examined under a microscope.

Skin cancer screenings should be an important part of your overall health and wellness plan. If you haven't had a skin cancer screening recently, call and schedule one today.