Skin cancer can affect virtually anybody at any age. Although easily treatable if found early on, if left untreated, certain types of melanoma can spread and can become life threatening. If you have a family history of skin cancer or if you have had a lot of sun exposure, then you should be especially mindful of getting examined and giving yourself exams as well.
As recommended by the American Cancer Society, its important to give yourself a self-exam at least once a month. During your self exam, you want to stand in front of a brightly lit mirror without clothes on in order to examine all parts of your body. You will be looking for any moles or freckles that have grown or become discolored, any sort of skin discoloration, or anything involving your skin that looks a bit abnormal. If you do notice some sort of abnormality, keep an eye on it for a few days to see if it goes away, if not, call Dr. Toni Stockton right away to get in for an appointment.
Professional exams are done by Dr. Toni Stockton in office. Depending on whether or not you find an abnormality with your skin or if you simply just want to come in for a routine cancer check-up, Dr. Toni Stockton will ensure that you get the best exam possible. During your exam, Dr. Stockton will ask you to undress entirely and change into a medical gown. Once you are ready, Dr. Stockton will then analyze all areas of your skin in order to check for any type of skin abnormalities or anything out of the ordinary. If something is spotted, you might have to have it biopsied in order to determine if it is cancerous or not.
Skin cancer is nothing to mess with. However, by getting into the habit of giving yourself an exam and getting professional exams as well, you can help to protect yourself from skin cancer and catch anything early on. To learn more about skin cancer or any other sort of skin treatment, contact Dr. Toni Stockton’s office today!