Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with an estimated one in every five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Anna Vawter of Thrive Family Dermatology in Allen, Texas, is a dermatologist with many years of experience diagnosing and treating a variety of skin cancers in patients of all ages. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. If you’d like a complete skin cancer screening, contact Thrive Family Dermatology today, or request a consultation online.
Since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, you’ll want to look out for the signs by examining your body once a month at home.
Dr. Vawter recommends checking yourself from head to toe. Part your hair for any signs of skin cancer on your scalp, then check all of your skin, even between your toes. Make note of any spots that weren’t there before or any changes to existing moles or pigments on your skin.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, and as a part of your yearly routine, make an appointment for a thorough skin cancer screening. Dr. Vawter specifically looks for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and any other unusual signs that may represent other skin-related cancers or significant risk factors.
When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Vawter or a member of her experienced team asks about your concerns. Most adults opt for a full body check for cancer, but you can choose a partial examination, depending on your comfort level. You can also have a friend or family member stay in the room during your exam.
Dr. Vawter performs a thorough cancer screening exam. If she notices any areas of concern, she explains her findings and may recommend further testing. A biopsy may be needed to determine a definitive diagnosis.
In many cases, exams reveal no serious cause for concern, and with regular self-exams and a yearly dermatology exam, you’ll be in the best position to catch skin cancer early, if it occurs.
The most common risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
If you believe you are at risk for skin cancer or you’ve noticed changes in your skin during a self-exam, call the office in Allen, Texas or request a skin cancer screening online. Early detection may save your life.