Approximately 9,700 individuals in the United States die each year from melanoma. It is the most dangerous and deadly form of skin cancer. Even though it is extremely dangerous, it is also responds well to treatment when caught early.
Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff can help you spot the early warning signs of melanoma by conducting a full body skin cancer screening. This screening is essential in the early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.
What is a Full Body Skin Cancer Screening?
A full body skin cancer screening is a complete visual inspection of your skin. Our staff members will conduct a thorough inspection of the body to see if we notice any potential signs of skin cancer.
The full body skin cancer screen will involve us looking at every inch of your body from the skin on your scalp to the soles of your feet and even between your toes. Even though melanoma mostly occurs on areas of the body that have been exposed to constant, direct sunlight, it can still happen on any part of the body. That is why it is essential we check every area for potential signs of skin cancer.
What are the Signs or Symptoms of Melanoma?
The most common symptom or sign of melanoma is a change in the appearance of an existing mole. Moles are a natural part of the human body. A normal mole will generally appear uniform in color, have a small shape, and distinctive round or oval borders. Unusual moles that do not look like this may be an early indication of melanoma.
There are several distinctive characteristics of an unusual mole that our staff is looking for during a skin cancer screening. Staff will look for moles that are asymmetrical, have irregular or blurred borders, are changing colors, or appear to be growing/spreading.
How is Melanoma Diagnosed?
The only way to diagnosis melanoma is through a skin biopsy. If our staff suspects a mole may be indicative of melanoma, they will conduct a skin biopsy. This involves removing either all or a small part of the abnormal mole. The mole will be sent to a lab where it is analyzed for melanoma.
Early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma is essential to preventing it from spreading. Schedule a full body scan with Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff to learn more about melanoma and assess your risk for this type of skin cancer.