Skin cancer affects one out of every five Americans, making it the most common type of cancer in the country. Rates of skin cancer are higher in Colorado than the rest of the nation. The dermatology experts, which includes Kimberly Stone, MD, and Amy Huber, PA-C, at Colorado Skin Care in Englewood, Colorado, offer skin cancer screenings to identify and treat skin lesions early, so you get the best possible outcome. Call the office, or request an appointment online to schedule your skin cancer screening.
An abnormal growth of your skin cells leads to skin cancer. The growth most often occurs on the areas of your skin that get the most sun. However, skin cancer can grow anywhere.
The most common types of skin cancer include:
Squamous cell carcinoma create firm red or crusty lesions. This type of skin cancer is most often found on the hands, face, and ears.
A pearly bump or fresh-colored scar that appears on the sun-exposed parts of your body may be basal cell carcinoma. This type of cancer may also cause a scab-like lesion that doesn’t heal.
Melanoma can appear anywhere on your body. The lesions may look like an abnormal mole or may change the shape, color, or size of an existing mole. This type of cancer can grow quickly and is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Finding and treating skin cancer early is essential for getting the best possible outcome.
Skin cancer is common, and regular skin exams can benefit everyone. However, you should schedule a skin cancer screening at Colorado Skin Care if you have any of the following risk factors:
You should also schedule a skin cancer screening whenever you find an abnormal growth on your skin during your at-home skin exams.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation at Colorado Skin Care when you come in for a skin cancer screening. The team recommends not wearing makeup and keeping your hair down, so they can properly assess and evaluate your skin.
Before your skin cancer screening begins, the team has you change into an exam gown. Then, starting at your scalp, your provider closely examines the skin on your entire body, taking detailed notes throughout the exam, which are used to monitor skin changes at your follow-up screenings
If abnormalities are found during your skin cancer screening, your provider may remove the growth and have it sent out for testing.
Call Colorado Skin Care today to schedule your skin cancer screening, or click the online booking button.