Regular monitoring for early detection of any skin issues, including skin cancers and skin rashes, is a key component in maintaining health. A detailed review of your medical history will be performed as indicated by the complexity of your symptoms.
A full skin check will examine the entire surface of your skin in order to make sure that there are no suspicious moles or other lesions concerning for cancer or pre-cancer. Self-skin exams are also taught and recommended.
At the Dermatological Center for Skin Health, our complete skin checks include an examination of the:
- Face, including mouth, nostrils, eyeballs, ears
- Arms, forearms, hands, palms, fingernails, web spaces between fingers
- Thighs, legs, feet, soles, toenails, web spaces between toes
- Buttocks and groin area
If we find something suspicious, we will discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives of close monitoring or performing a biopsy. A biopsy, done right in the office, involves injecting numbing medicine such as lidocaine, and removing a sample of the skin in question to examine the cells under a microscopic examination by our Providence Saint John’s pathologists.
A full skin exam is recommended at least once a year but can be recommended more frequently depending on a person's previous history or family history. Self-skin exams are recommended monthly in at-risk patients.