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Skin Cancer Screenings

Why do I need an annual skin cancer screening?

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in America (1). One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70 (2). Melanoma accounts for just 1% of all cases of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest. Many people are diagnosed with more than one skin cancer at the same time. Approximately one in ten Floridians have been diagnosed with skin cancer (3).

Annual dermatological screenings are crucial in maintaining skin health, as early detection significantly enhances treatment outcomes. Self-examination is important but may overlook areas like the scalp, neck, and back, underscoring the importance of a comprehensive check by a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon like those at Bliss Dermatology. Skin cancer, when identified at an early stage, is highly responsive to treatment. Thus, early detection is not just beneficial, it can be lifesaving.

An annual skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin performed by your dermatologist with a special device called a dermatoscope. A dermatoscope is a hand-held visual aid device a provider uses to examine and diagnose skin lesions and diseases, such as melanoma. An annual screening is an important element of preventative healthcare.

During a skin cancer screening, the providers at Bliss Dermatology will conduct a thorough physical examination of your entire body, looking for any signs of abnormal or suspicious moles, lesions, or other concerning skin growths.

Your provider will use a dermatoscope, a handheld magnifier, and a light device to assess all skin lesions. With a dermatoscope, various features of skin lesions not visible to the naked eye, such as blood vessels, colors, and patterns, can be evaluated. During your visit, your provider may also take photos or make notes about the size and shape of any suspicious spots or moles to compare with past and future screenings.

Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone over the age of 18, but especially for those with a family history of skin cancer, fair skin or light hair color, excessive sun exposure, tanning bed use, and other high-risk factors.

Regular skin cancer screenings are crucial in detecting, diagnosing, and treating potential skin cancers before they become more serious. Early detection is key to successful treatment and better outcomes with skin cancer. Skin cancer screenings also provide peace of mind by helping you stay proactive about your health.

Schedule a skin cancer screening today.

Contact Bliss Dermatology to schedule your annual skin cancer screening. Please come prepared to get undressed and without make-up. Please also come prepared with concerns about what you found during your self-exam, including the location of any suspicious lesions. Any growth that causes pain or bleeding and won’t heal is cause for concern.

At a Glance

Michelle Pennie, MD

  • Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon
  • Founder and Lead Dermatologist of Bliss Dermatology
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