Are you taking proper care of your body’s largest organ? You may be surprised to learn that this is not your liver, but rather your skin. More surprisingly is that current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. Although more than 2 million nonmelanoma skin cancers are diagnosed annually, melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years. With numbers this striking, it’s easy to see why visiting Advanced Dermatology, Inc. for a Dana Point skin biopsy and screening is so important.
The American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer-related checkup and counseling about sun exposure as part of any periodic health examination for men and women beginning at age 20. People who have more than 50 moles, atypical moles, or a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk of developing melanoma. These individuals should receive a full-body exam from our dermatologist at least annually and perform regular self-exams for new and changing moles. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but both are easily treated if detected early. A complete screening, including a total body scan, will be performed for early detection and treatment of skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinomas detected at an early stage and removed promptly are almost always curable and cause minimal damage. A tissue sample, or Dana Point skin biopsy, will be examined under a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, treatment is required.
The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 65,161 people a year worldwide die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer. With the increase in skin cancer over the last few years, our physicians have treated many skin cancers and have had training in surgery as well as dermatology. After your Dana Point skin biopsy, we will select the right treatment for each particular lesion. The survival rate for skin cancer is exceptionally high; but only when detected early. Visit Advanced Dermatology, Inc. for skin cancer treatment and screening today.