Skin Cancer Screening St Louis
What is a Skin Cancer Screening?
A skin cancer screening involves inspection of your skin by a physician to identify any possible pre-cancerous or cancerous spots, lesions, or moles. This is a non-invasive procedure with no blood work required.
Why Are Skin Cancer Screenings Essential?
Skin cancer is considered to be one of the most widespread cancers in the United States. Statistics show that one in five people will develop skin cancer. There are many types of skin cancer including:
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Actinic keratosis
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common; however, melanoma is the most deadly. Statistics show that with early detection and cancer treatment these possible cancers have very high cure rates.
Skin cancer is one of the few cancers that can be easily identified in its early stages. You should perform monthly self-exams, especially if you are in a high risk group. During your monthly exam, should you see any of the following symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
What Signs to Look For to Screen for Possible Skin Cancer
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These are suspicious signs to look for in your moles when performing a self examination.
Other signs include:
- Changes on the skin, particularly the color or size of a mole or other dark colored growth or spot
- A new growth
- Bleeding, scales, oozing or other such changes in the look of a bump or mole
- Coloring that spreads outside of the edges of a mole
- Sensation changes such as tenderness, itchiness or pain
Regular self-exams and annual examinations by a dermatologist in St. Louis can help you detect early skin cancers.
If during an exam, changes are found, a skin biopsy may be in order. This is a procedure where the doctor will remove some of the tissues using local excision. The sample will then be sent to a pathology lab to look for cancer cells.
Skin Cancer Screening in St. Louis by the Laser Lipo and Vein Center
At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we offer a full line of services to our patients for skin cancer screenings. Whether you are looking for a general annual exam or are concerned about a particular mole, we can provide procedures and treatments. We can also provide information about how to perform a self-exam and its importance to your overall skin health. Dr. Wright and his team can also provide information about overall skin health, and provide options if you are looking for ways to rejuvenate your skin to keep it looking healthy and youthful.
Contact Dr. Wright – your St Louis Dermatologist – today for more information about the best cancer treatment and skin cancer screening in St. Louis!