It’s a simple fact that the sun is all around us. Some people spend more time in the sun than others due to work or play and it can be a scary thing to consider skin cancer at any time in your life. If you are worried about developing skin cancer, don’t wait until a doctor diagnoses you with it. Instead, come to Dr Murphy and allow her to do a full skin cancer screening today.
Skin cancer screening is a means of looking for skin cancer before a person has any symptoms, thus catching if early. This can help find cancer at an early stage, before it becomes a life threatening problem. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat and your treatment options will vary more. By the time symptoms appear, skin cancer may have already begun to spread.
Skin cancer screening is a means of looking for skin cancer before a person has any symptoms.
Regular examination of the skin by both you and your dermatologist increases the chance of finding melanoma early. Believe it or not, but most melanomas that appear in the skin can be seen by the naked eye, helping to assist dermatologists in skin cancer screenings. Usually, there is a long period of time when the tumor grows beneath the top layer of skin but does not grow into the deeper skin layers. This period of slow growth allows time for skin cancer to be found early. Skin cancer may be cured if the tumor is found before it spreads deeper. Monthly self-examinations of the skin may help find changes that should be reported to a doctor and Dr. Murphy can show you exactly what to look for and report.
For those that have already found skin cancer, Dr. Murphy can also help you develop a treatment plan that will also help to prevent future problems from sinking below the radar. She is an expert in skin cancer screenings, even if you have already had one or more skin cancers removed. And, Dr. Murphy can easily help you keep a sharp eye out for anything else that might look suspicious and help you stop any further spread of skin cancer before it starts again.
To schedule a skin cancer screening, or to find out more about our skin cancer screening services, call us today and let Dr. Murphy and her staff help you on your treatment plan. Call us at (727) 447-1229.
What is skin cancer exactly?
Skin cancer is a form of cancer that affects exposed parts of the body, such as the face, arms, neck, shoulders, back of the hands, and so on. These are usually body parts that were exposed to excessive, continual exposure to the sun. There are several different types of skin cancers and Dr. Murphy will be happy to discuss them with you as well as skin cancer screening and treatment options.
Why should I worry about catching skin cancer early?
Just like any form of cancer, when skin cancer is caught early, treatments can be started right away and the chance of removing the cancer completely are higher. The longer a patient waits to have a skin cancer screening, more time can allow a cancerous growth to enlarge and spread.
Who gets skin cancer?
Anyone at all can develop skin cancer, but those at higher risk include:
- People with fair skin, blonde or red hair and those that don’t tan easily
- People with multiple moles on their bodies
- Those with a family history of skin cancer
- Anyone who has had severe sunburns in their lifetime
- Those who often are outdoors, either for work or play
- People that have moles they were born with or atypical moles (those that are larger and shaped oddly)
What happens when I come in for a skin cancer screening?
Dr. Murphy will sit down with you and discuss everything that will happen with a full skin cancer screening. Normally, there will be a full visual examination of your skin, so that she can look for and note any moles or odd marks that are warning signs for skin cancer. If she finds anything odd, she will discuss it with you and talk about treatment options.