Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so skin cancer screenings can also reveal much about your overall health and well-being. Covering 18 square feet and weighing 7 pounds on the average adult, your skin is the waterproof barrier that protects your body from dirt, bacteria, and harmful substances, and also helps to regulate your body temperature.
Dermatologists and their professional assistants are trained to catch the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer; pre-cancers, basal cell cancers, squamous cell cancers, and malignant melanoma. A good way to ensure early detection of these concerns is with an annual full-body skin cancer screening examination by a Dermatologist at Trillium Creek Dermatology.
During your skin cancer screening exam, a Trillium Creek Dermatology skin expert will check every part of your body — including your head, nose, ears, breast, groin, buttocks, and toes. Your Dermatologist will be looking for discolored areas, bumps, unusually shaped freckles, and spots with irregular borders. Full body exams are especially important for people who work outdoors.
Most skin conditions, if caught early, are 100% curable. If an area or bump looks suspicious, it will be biopsied through a simple procedure of numbing it and then shaving off a portion to send to a laboratory. Patients with a biopsy of proven skin cancers on the head and neck are referred to Dr. Bryan Baillis at the Mohs Skin Cancer Center at Trillium Creek Dermatology.
The entire skin cancer screening procedure takes only 15 minutes — and that 15 minutes may save your life.
At Trillium Creek Dermatology, we understand that a skin cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. That’s why we take a caring, compassionate approach to skin cancer screening tests, treatment and Mohs surgery. When you come to our state-of-the-art facilities, we’ll take the time to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have. And our dedicated staff will be at your service before, during, and after your treatment.
We also realize that some clients may have initial concerns that a skin exam may be embarrassing, however, our professional staff will put you at ease. We have both male and female providers so you can choose the person you feel most comfortable with to perform your examination.