Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect both men and women; many of the earliest signs of skin cancer occur slowly and are difficult to notice, making regular skin cancer screenings an important part of maintaining your overall health and wellness. Because skin cancer can develop in any area of the body, a professional skin cancer screening allows for the identification of carcinoma even in areas you cannot check on your own. During a skin cancer screening, your dermatologist will perform a full-body exam. You will first change into a gown, then sit or stand comfortably while your dermatologist examines your skin visually for changes or signs that could indicate the development of carcinoma. If any concerns are noted, your dermatologist will recommend further investigation, usually via a biopsy of the area.
Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma are serious conditions that should be treated by your dermatologist right away. At Arlington Dermatology, our experienced staff offers regular screenings and skin cancer treatment in Arlington Heights. You can find out more about our clinical and cosmetic dermatology services on our website or by calling 847-392-5440.