Skin Cancer Screenings & Testing in Miami
Skin Cancer Screenings & Testing
Skin cancer refers to abnormal skin cell growth that often occurs as a result of sun damage to the skin. Skin cancers are often found in the facial area, lips, chest, hands, and arms, or other areas that are most exposed to the sun.
What is skin cancer screening?
Every day, skin cells die and new ones form to replace them in a process controlled by DNA. Skin cancer can form when this process does not work properly because of damage to DNA. New cells may form when they are not needed, or older cells may not die, both of which can cause a growth of tissue known as a tumor. DNA damage is often a result of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps. In some cases, skin cancer affects areas of the skin that have not been exposed to the sun. Certain factors, such as fair skin, moles, a weakened immune system, heredity and age, also increase the risk of skin cancer.
When should I visit a dermatologist for skin cancer screening?
If you notice any of the following skin changes or abnormalities – which could be symptoms of skin cancer – it is important to visit one of our skilled skin cancer
- A bump that appears waxy
- A scar-like lesion, which may be brown or skin-color
- A large brown spot, which may have darker spots within it
- A firm, red bump
- A lesion that appears scaly or dry
- Numerous dark spots in one area of the body
- A mole that bleeds or changes over time
What Is Advanced Skin Cancer?
Advanced skin cancer is when melanoma cells start spreading beyond where they first appeared. This is also known as “metastatic melanoma.” Although advanced skin cancer can spread to virtually any part of your body, it is commonly found within the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, brain, abdomen and liver. That is why regular skin checks are so important, especially if you have a history of sunbathing or tanning bed use.
At What Age Should I Have Skin Cancer Screenings?
Ideally, you want to get skin cancer screenings in your 20s and 30s. However, there are other factors that could potentially warrant you getting an earlier screening. These factors include having a family history of skin cancer, having moles on your body and being in the sun for prolonged periods of time. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause your skin cells to age prematurely. Tanning beds also emit UV rays and are actually the leading cause of skin cancer.
Can the Signs of Skin Cancer Go Unnoticed?
Unfortunately, it is possible for skin cancer to go unnoticed. It is not always the case, but there are instances where people develop skin cancer and are completely unaware of it. This is typically due to the symptoms not being noticeable and this can go on for years.
Some of the skin cancer symptoms that usually make themselves known are swelling of the lymph nodes, unexpected weight loss or feeling short of breath. Other cases can be diagnosed simply through a visual inspection by a dermatologist. Everyone’s experience with skin cancer is different, which makes getting screened all the more important.
The ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer
For early detection of Melanoma, follow the ABCDEs of Skin Cancer
Uneven shape or pattern
Outer edges uneven
Dark black or multiple colors
Dark black or multiple colors
Schedule a Skin Cancer Screening Today
If you are interested in skin cancer screening, visit our experienced dermatologists at the Skin Center of South Miami. Our providers are experts when it comes to skin cancer testing and early cancer detection. We are dedicated to delivering personalized dermatology care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Call us at 305-740-6181 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation today.
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What does skin cancer screening involve?
At the Skin Center of South Miami, our providers are experts when it comes to early skin cancer detection. Visiting one of our doctors for an evaluation and screening is simple and can be done during a regular office visit. Your doctor will examine the area of your skin where you notice the abnormality and may recommend further testing in order to determine whether your condition is cancerous.
What are the benefits of visiting Skin Center of South Miami for skin cancer screening?
Some of the many advantages of visiting a skin cancer center for your regular skin cancer screenings include:
- Can help detect skin cancer early for a better chance of successful treatment
- Done easily and quickly during a short office visit
- Helps you achieve peace of mind and awareness of your body’s changes
Types of Skin Cancer
There are multiple types of skin cancer, which include:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma