Skin cancer is a prevalent condition in the United States, with over 3.5 million new cases diagnosed every year. The disease is highly treatable when detected early, but it can become fatal if left untreated. Therefore, regular skin cancer screenings with a dermatologist are crucial.
During a skin cancer screening we will perform a head-to-toe examination to detect any unusual moles, growths, or other irregularities on the skin. They will also check for any changes in existing moles’ size, shape, or color and any new growths that may have developed.
If any suspicious tissue is found during the screening, a biopsy may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. This procedure involves removing a small tissue sample and examining it under a microscope to determine if it is cancerous.
If skin cancer is diagnosed, Dr. Neily will collaborate with the patient to design a treatment plan. The most common treatments for skin cancer include surgical removal of the cancerous tissue, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Early detection of skin cancer is crucial for effective treatment. Therefore, it is recommended to visit a dermatologist like Dr. Neily regularly for skin cancer screenings. Even without visible signs of skin cancer, it is advisable to have a routine checkup with a dermatologist since they are trained to identify subtle changes in the skin.
Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for preventing skin cancer:
- Wear protective clothing and accessories, such as a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts and pants, when you’re outside, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on all exposed skin every day, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Seek shade when the sun’s rays are the strongest, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, such as fatty fish and egg yolks, and/or by taking a daily supplement.
- Examine your skin regularly and see a dermatologist if you notice any changes in the size, shape, or color of your moles or any other unusual growths on your skin.
- Skip wearing sunscreen because you’re using insect repellent or wearing protective clothing. Both are essential for protecting your skin.
- Use tanning beds or sunlamps. The UV radiation from these sources can increase your risk of skin cancer.
- Rely on the SPF in your makeup or moisturizer. These products are not a substitute for sunscreen and do not provide enough protection on their own.
- Let yourself burn. Even one severe sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is a widespread disease in the US, and early detection is critical for successful treatment. Schedule your skin cancer screening appointment with Dr. Neily in Venice, FL, today to ensure optimal skin health.