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Skin Cancer

Skin Examinations are highly recommended for all patients to screen for skin cancer as well as for other atypical skin growths.  A skin map is created from this examination as a baseline to be used on subsequent exams to identify new or changing moles.  Our doctors are highly trained and experienced to both identify and treat skin cancer of all types.  Often, our dermatologists may use a dermatoscope, a device with strong magnification and lighting, as a powerful tool to identify skin cancers.  We recommend yearly skin cancer screenings for all of our patients; however, our dermatologists may recommend more frequent skin cancer screens for patients with increased risk factors for skin cancer, including a previous history of skin cancer or the presence of atypical (dysplastic) moles, among others.

Skin cancer

It is estimated that in the U.S. there are over 1 million diagnosed new cases of skin cancer and over 10,000 deaths attributable to skin cancer each year.

There are many types of skin cancer, however, the three most common types are: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. The tendency of getting skin cancer is due to a combination of genetics, ultra-violet exposure (both environmentally and through exposure in tanning parlors), other radiation exposures and immunosuppression.