A Full Body Skin Cancer Check


If you have spent a lot of time laying in the sun when you were younger, you may have noticed some moles or freckles on your skin that have caused you concern. A full body skin cancer check involves having a dermatologist inspect your skin for irregularities. If any problem areas are discovered, a biopsy of the imperfections will be performed. 

The Preliminary Process

Before you attend an appointment with a dermatologist, take note of any skin issues that you have noticed. Write down the location of any moles or freckles that you are worried about. Using a mirror can help you conduct the assessment. If you live with a partner, they can help you perform the assessment.

Your significant other can hold the mirror or can perform a visual inspection and point out where various moles and freckles are located on your body. If any of the pigmented skin cells have been itching, hurting, or causing any other type of discomfort, you should relay this information to the dermatologist who will be conducting the skin cancer check.

The Exam And The Biopsy Process

A full body skin cancer check is an examination that is non-invasive. During the process, you will need to be completely disrobed. The dermatologist who performs the exam will provide you with a drape or gown. This will preserve your modesty during the examination process.

The dermatologist may begin by inspecting your scalp. They will slowly work their way down your body and will inspect both sides of it. A dermatologist may even inspect the areas between your fingers and toes. Once the exam has concluded, you will be able to get dressed and will be asked to consult with the dermatologist.

Discolored skin and irregularities in the shape or size of a freckle or mole could be a cause for concern. A dermatologist may verbalize their concern during the consultation. This information should not alarm you. It is a dermatologist's duty to let each patient know what they have discovered.

A biopsy may be performed on any moles or freckles that the dermatologist would like to examine further. A biopsy is a medical procedure that involves extracting sample cells and tissue. A microscope will be used to inspect the samples. You will find out the results of the biopsy during a future appointment. If any cancerous cells have been discovered, you may be referred to a cancer treatment specialist. 

To learn more, contact a company like Advanced Dermatology of Northern California.


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