A skin cancer screening could spell the difference between life and death.
Dermatologists are in agreement that cancer screening should be among a person’s last options. It should only be advised only when the “benefits outweigh the harm.” However, it cannot also be denied that cases of skin cancer continue to be on the rise and a skin cancer test may be one way to keep the situation and the condition from worsening.
Based on statistics, one in five Americans is likely to develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Since symptoms of skin cancer is visible on the skin, a skin cancer screening performed by a board certified dermatologist may allow for early detection and treatment.
Regular skin examinations administered by physicians as well as skin self exams help detect skin cancers , even melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Like all forms of cancer, melanoma, when treated early, allows for improved survival rate.
Experts also admonish those who are at high risk for skin cancer – those who have a genetic record of the disease, history of sunburn, a huge number of moles, as well as those who are fair-skinned or heavily –freckled to have regular skin checks.
Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology advises the public, “It’s vitally important for people to be their own health advocates by learning how to check their skin regularly and seeing a board-certified dermatologist if they notice any thing changing, itching or bleeding on their skin. [You may also] visit spotme.org to find a free skin cancer screening or to learn how to perform a skin self exam.”