At Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center, we want to help you maximize your skin in every possible way. One of the most important aspects of dermatologic care and optimal skin health is skin cancer screening. To make the most of this examination in our Huntington, NY office, it helps to know how to prepare for your visit and what to expect from professional care.
Before your skin cancer screening
Skin cancer can develop not only on the skin itself but also on the nail beds of fingers and toes. For this reason, remove nail polish prior to your visit. Also, shortly before your professional screening, perform a self-examination at home. Look at all areas of the body from your scalp to your toes, noting any new moles or growths as well as any changes since your last self-exam. Note characteristics of moles, such as size, texture, itching, and bleeding. According to experts, small changes are best noticed in routine self-exams.
What to expect during your visit
Most skin cancer screenings take only a few minutes. If you have never had an atypical mole, your exam may be over in about ten minutes. Your first professional skin cancer screening may take a bit longer as Dr. Koreen discusses what you should look for during your home exams. During your skin cancer screening appointment, you should discuss any findings of the self-exam. Request evaluation of any growths that seem abnormal to you. Even if what looks suspicious is not skin cancer, you gain peace of mind through confirmation. Finally, ask questions during your visit. Feel free to take notes that will help you perform the most detailed home exams in the future.
If you have never had a professional skin cancer screening, you are not alone. Many people are unsure about what to look for to identify a potential abnormality. It is common for a patient to fear that a raised mole or itching means skin cancer. In most cases, raised moles, as well as moles that itch, are not a serious concern.
Professional dermatologic care allows you to better know your skin. When you know your skin, you can give it the best care. Call (631) 417-3300 to schedule your skin cancer screening today.