The health of your skin matters. Your annual skin check could prevent the spread of dangerous cancers, such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Seeing a primary care physician with dermatology experience, like Timothy Scott Beck, MD at Life Point Medical, is critical to keeping your skin healthy.
Annual skin checks could be the difference between catching a deadly disease early or not. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, but basal and squamous cell carcinoma are far more common. More than 3 million people in the U.S. are treated for these cancers each year.
Besides early detection of skin cancer, an annual skin exam can make treatment for these cancers easier, too. Catching them early can mean less scarring and less invasive surgery.
Everyone can benefit from a yearly skin exam. However, some people are at a higher risk of skin cancer and should definitely get checked every 6-12 months. You may have a higher risk of skin cancers if:
Additionally, if you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play, you are exposed more than the average person to the sun’s rays, so you should get an annual skin check.
During your annual skin cancer exam, Dr. Beck will look for any indications of skin cancer. Common indications include:
Dr. Beck will thoroughly examine your skin for these signs of skin cancer as well as ask about your lifestyle and health history. Come prepared with any questions you have.
Don’t be shy during your skin screening. Make sure to tell Dr. Beck about any changes you’ve noticed in your skin and any concerns you have. You know your skin better than anyone else, and no concern is too small.
Schedule your annual skin check today. Call Life Point Medical or request an appointment online.