Skin Cancer Screenings
Skin Cancer Screenings are very important
Skin cancer can be deadly if not caught early. At Metrolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery Specialists, we are experts in skin cancer detection and treatment. Full body skin examinations by a board certified dermatologist can help to ensure your skin stays healthy and can be life saving.
Skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. Your dermatologist will evaluate the skin for lesions or suspicious growths as well as look for growths or rashes that can be a sign of internal disease. Sometimes, a dermatoscope, a specialized hand-held magnifying class, is used. Skin cancer screenings typically take 10 minutes, but may take longer if there is any area of concern or a history of melanoma.
If a suspicious lesion is found, they can be treated in a variety of ways. First, the doctor could chose to simply monitor the lesion over time. Often, a biopsy is taken during your appointment, and sent to an outside pathology lab for evaluation. Lab results are generally received in 7-14 days, at which time you will be contacted with the results. If a skin cancer is detected, the physician will have your return for treatment or removal of the lesion.
Contact Metrolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery Specialists today, your South Charlotte Dermatologist, to schedule a consultation and learn more about skin cancer screenings