In most cases, skin cancer can be detected early during a regular skin exam at our office. In addition to scheduling routine skin exams, you should be in the habit of checking your skin frequently. Generally speaking, the sooner that skin cancers are found, the easier they are going to be to treat.
The higher risk you have for developing skin cancer, the more diligent you should be about having these exams performed on a regular basis. Individuals who have a higher risk for skin cancer include individuals who have reduced immunity as a result of medication or other infirmities. If people in your family have had skin cancer, then you are at a high risk of getting it, and skin exams should be a regular part of your medical care. Talking to our doctor is a great way to find out how frequently you will need to have your skin examined.
During your skin exam, it is a great time to point out to our medical professional any growths, spots or moles that are concerning you. Talk to them about any questions you might have about the exam, and they are going to be happy to provide you with the needed information.
You should examine your own skin on a monthly basis. It’s best to do this exam in a room that has a lot of good lighting and a full-length mirror. You may want to use a hand-held mirror to look at the area behind your thighs or other areas that are hard to see.
It is good for you to learn the patterns of the moles you have on your skin. Go over the entire surface of your skin. Look for blemishes, freckles and other marks and then try to remember how they look. This will allow you to notice changes over time. If there is an area that is particularly concerning to you, make sure to bring it up during your skin exam at our office.
Doing a self-exam and having a regular exam performed by a qualified medical professional are the best ways to identify skin cancer early. If it’s been a while since your last skin exam, make an appointment at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office in Poplar Bluff or Paragould. Contact us today to schedule an examination.