Sunday, June 19, 2016
Do you do Regular Skin Exams?!
Check unlikely areas when performing a self-exam, even your scalp. "In between your routine skin cancer screening exams, if you notice any new, changing or irregular skin lesions, or have a sore that won't heal, please don't hesitate to call your dermatologist", says Allison Arthur, MD. "When self-examining, checking nails, scalp, genitals and feet are important. I have diagnosed melanomas in all of these sites, and patients usually do not expose those areas during a skin exam before my prompting them to do so. the best way to identify skin cancers is to be seen annually for a screening by a board certified dermatologist. Regular self-skin examinations are also important in helping to track changes in moles or newly appearing skin lesions", says Jordana Herschthal.