Skin Cancer Screening

Thrive Family Dermatology

American Board of Dermatology Certified Skin Doctor located in Allen, TX

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.

Skin Cancer Screening Q & A

Thrive Family Dermatology

What are the early signs of skin cancer?

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.

What can I expect during my skin cancer screening?

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.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

The most common risk factors for developing skin cancer include:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds, or a history of sunburns
  • Fair skin, blue eyes, and red or blonde hair
  • Spending time near the equator or high elevations where sun exposure is more intense
  • Treatments which suppress the immune system, or chronic immune system diseases
  • X-ray or chemical exposure
  • People with more than 50 moles, unusual moles, or large moles
  • A personal or family history of skin cancer
  • Age (older adults have a higher risk, but it is important to note that skin cancer can occur at any age)

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.

What we offer

Dermatology and Cosmetic Services