Look for irregularity
Charlotte dermatologists are trained to look for irregularity in skin. One area of particular concern is to find what is new or changing in atypical moles and other early signs of skin cancer. Regular screening is one of the most effective tools in the detection and treatment of skin cancer. We do not want to mislead anyone into thinking that screening for skin cancer is the complete answer, but the goal is to provide a service that will exponentially enhance care and diagnosis.
The common process of skin screening is to look for the existence of atypical moles because they can be highly evident of markers for an increased risk of melanoma. Your Charlotte dermatologist uses a combination of visual screening and the use of hand held microscopic scopes. If necessary, atypical moles are biopsied and assessed by a skin pathologist who will make a very accurate estimate as to whether the moles are malignant, benign, or benign with some features of malignancy.
Why are skin cancer screenings necessary?
Skin cancer is not a minor anomaly. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, affecting 1 in 5 Americans in their lifetime. People of all races and colors get skin cancer. There are many different types of skin cancer, including:
Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer, but melanoma is the deadliest. The good news is that early detection and proper treatment will give patients a 95% cure rate for BCC and SCC. Melanoma also has a high cure rate when it is detected before it spreads. This is why regular self-skin exams and a yearly examination by a dermatologist is such a crucial part of your preventive health care.
Early detection of any form of skin cancer is essential to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas of the body. Your role is vital because research has revealed that most skin cancers are detected by patients before they are confirmed by doctors. Learning how to examine your own skin is the first step in promoting skin health, and can dramatically reduce your risks of developing serious problems with skin cancer. You can learn about self-examinations by downloading a free Skin Cancer Self-Exam Kit.
Skin treatment by Dermatology Specialists
If you have questions about a skin irregularity, you can visit a board-certified dermatologist right here in the Ballantyne area. The doctors at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin treatments, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox® treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today to schedule a skin cancer screening and analysis.