Skincare is an incredibly important factor that most of us might not prioritize in our everyday lives. We occasionally forget to put on sunscreen, or lament over a rash on our body and hope it will go away. But in reality, skincare and awareness are critical issues for everyone in their daily lives and requires some diligent attentiveness — and Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia is here to help.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. 9,500 people are diagnosed with it every day, and current estimates say that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. These statistics are not meant to frighten; they should reinforce how important skincare is and that it should be on everyone's mind — as well as remind people to actually take strides to care for their skin and their body. Skin cancer screenings are a significant step you can take to prevent the consequences of poor skincare, as well as protecting your skin, your body, and your life.
How Does a Skin Cancer Screening Work?
The purpose of a skin cancer screening is to find even the slightest possibility of cancer or something that could turn into cancer. If your skincare specialist recommends or administers a screen, they don’t necessarily think you might have cancer; a skin cancer screening is a preventative measure meant to catch anything before it becomes a bigger issue.
The process doesn’t require fancy machines or expensive tests. It is a simple checkup that shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes. The screening involves looking over your skin for abnormal growths, moles, pigmentations, birthmarks, etc. Any abnormal discovery then leads to a biopsy or diagnostic tests which help to determine more. Your skincare specialist or dermatologist will not be able to definitively diagnose anything from this screen, but the visual examination will give any clue that might point to the development of skin cancer. And, as with most cancers, skin cancer is highly treatable if it is detected early.
Should I Get a Skin Cancer Screen?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, but you might not need to get them as often, depending on your lifestyle. Many doctors recommend a baseline exam to determine your risk factors for skin cancer. These risk factors include
- Frequent exposure to the sun (or history of indoor tanning beds)
- Family history of skin cancer
- Lighter skin, or a history of blistering sunburns
- High number of moles
- Skin that becomes painful or reddens in the sun
- Skin that freckles easily
If you have any of these risk factors, you should consider more frequent routine screenings, at least once a year. But even if you don’t have any of these risk factors, you could still be at risk for skin cancer. Although an occasional glance in the mirror at a larger-than-normal pimple is no replacement for a skin cancer screening done by a professional, you should learn about the abnormal signs and symptoms that might appear, and perform regular self-checks on your skin.
Skin Cancer Screening at Tamjidi
Your skin is important and it’s not invincible. Talk to your skincare specialist at Tamjidi Skin Institute, and see the ways we can help you take care of your skin. Schedule a skin cancer screening today at our Maryland or Virginia locations.