What can a Dermatologist do for me?
Dermatologists advise on conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. These specialists can identify and treat eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among thousands of other conditions.
The skin is our first line of defense against disease. It protects our other organs, regulates our temperature, and sends messages about how healthy we are inside.
Estimated in 2022 42,600 women would develop skin cancer - American Cancer Society
What can I do to maintain my skin health?
Dermatology is relevant to all stages of our lives, from adolescent acne to age spots in later life. Most notably, the risk of melanoma seems to be increasing in people under 40, especially women. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer which develops in the cells that produce melanin (the pigment that gives your skin its color).
They most often develop in areas that have had exposure to the sun but can also occur in areas that don't receive much sun exposure, such as the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, and fingernail beds.
What should I ask my doctor?
- What is my risk of skin cancer?
- What should I be looking for in suspicious moles?
- What can I do to avoid getting skin cancer?
- Can you explain the difference between a freckle, birthmark, and a mole?
- How much are tests and how can I be sure my insurance covers the cost?
Are there any guidelines? Can I avoid the problem?
Skin Cancer Screening:
In 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) renewed its conclusion that there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine total body examination or patient self-examination for early detection of skin cancers in the adult general population.
The American Cancer Society recommends a cancer-related checkup by a physician, including a skin examination, during a periodic health examination for people aged 20 years or older and monthly skin self-examination by all individuals.
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