Early detection of skin cancer enhances functional and cosmetic outcomes – and can even save lives. Our board-certified dermatologists are experts in early diagnosis. In addition to closely assessing any lesions of concern you might have, our dermatologists will frequently recommend an optional full skin check. Small skin cancers are often asymptomatic (not bothering to you), inconspicuous to you, or in areas you can’t easily see yourself.
In checking for skin cancers, our dermatologists will take into consideration the history of any lesions of concern and any past skin cancers. The tools for early diagnosis include amplified lighting and close magnified examinations, including dermoscopy. Serial dermoscopic photographs or full body photographs are sometimes recommended. A skin biopsy may be suggested to help diagnose a lesion. This usually involves taking a small sample of a lesion and sending for histological examination. Certain lesions are more appropriately fully removed.
With the aid of expert clinical examinations, our dermatologists can detect skin cancers early (when the outcomes are best), while also minimizing the unnecessary costs and scarring from later stage treatments. Those who are at high risk for skin cancers, especially those who have had skin cancers before or who have a lot of sun damage, benefit the most from regular skin cancer screenings.