The most common of all cancers, skin cancer, affects millions of Americans every year. No one is immune, so it’s important to have regular skin scans by a licensed dermatologist. Dr. Renee Glover and Dr. Theresa Conologue provide onsite skin cancer screenings. They also bring the most up-to-date skin cancer treatments to Outer Banks Dermatology. If you live in the Nags Head, North Carolina area, call the clinic or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Skin cancer occurs when normal skin cells mutate and multiply beyond what is average. There are three types of skin cancer:
Exposure to UV sunlight or tanning beds causes most cases of skin cancer, especially in people with fair skin.
It’s important to take a proactive role in preventing and detecting skin cancer. Watch for changes in your skin’s appearance to help identify skin cancer early, while it’s easier to treat. Some signs that could indicate cancer are:
It’s important to schedule regular skin scans with a trained professional to identify any skin abnormalities that cause concern. Dr. Glover and Dr. Conologue use their trained eyes to search for suspicious moles and markings, especially in places you can’t easily see.
If your dermatologist detects any skin abnormalities during your scan, she may need to examine the skin cells more closely. Tests for skin cancer include:
If your biopsy indicates skin cancer, your doctor may have you undergo additional testing to check into the extent of the disease, including blood tests, X-Rays, and other evaluations.
Surgical removal of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma is usually all it takes to treat these cancers if they haven’t spread. Malignant melanoma may require more extensive treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy.
People who have had skin cancer in the past are at higher risk for recurrence. If you have skin cancer, your dermatologist will have you return for more frequent cancer screenings.
Schedule your skin cancer screening today by calling Outer Banks Dermatology or using the online booking option.