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Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and can 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 of pre-cancers, basal cell cancers, squamous cell cancers and malignant melanoma. A good way to ensure early detection of possible health concerns is with a yearly full body examination at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center.

During your exam, a Trillium Creek Dermatology skin expert will examine every part of your body — including your head, nose, ears, breast, groin, buttocks, and toes — looking for discolored areas, bumps, unusually shaped freckles, and spots with irregular borders. Full body exams are especially important for people who are exposed to the sun.

Do you have any moles that look like these:

moles

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. Patrick Killian at the Mohs Skin Cancer Center at Trillium Creek Dermatology.

The entire skin screening takes only 15 minutes — and that 15 minutes may save your life. Trillium Creek Dermatology is now scheduling preventative screenings with no copays or out-of-pocket expenses. If mole removal is suggested, a separate appointment will be scheduled for the procedure. Call to schedule your screening today 330.725.0569