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How To Check Moles
Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin cancer check: A dermatologist will carefully visually inspect exposed skin from head to toe for signs of skin cancer such as a mole that changes size, color, or shape. A spot or growth that is not healing for a couple of months, itches, bleeds or is tender may represent skin cancer. A magnifying device, special lighting, or even an optical device called melafind may all be utilized. ...Read more
Mammogram&Self-Exam: The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He should: All family physicians know that an unusual pigmented lesion, an ulcer of skin that doesn't heal or an increasing skin nodular lesion is atypical and should be biopsies or at least examined by a dermatologist. He should also know that as one gets older and into the 60's that skin deposits don't shed but build up and become pigmented as senile keratosis, so that one can usually trust the GP. ...Read more
Going to get tests done for my thyroids, should I fast? How long will it take to get the results? Want to see if they have anything to do w/ alopecia
Get Instructions: The doctor's office or clinic that ordered the tests should provide you with clear printed instructions and explain any part you don't understand. Also, they should be the best source of the info you want about time frame and alopecia. No other source of info is better since no one knows their plan better than they do. Good luck! ...Read more
History and physical: Is where a doctor starts, including a family history. The physical includes a breast exam both sitting up and lying down. Given your age, a screening mammogram would be the usual next step, assuming the history and physical did not reveal anything concerning. Then see what the mammogram results are. You should perform breast self exam every month in the shower - ask your doctor for instruction. ...Read more
Depends on type...: Screening for "cancer" depends upon the type and location of disease. One example of cancer screening is the pap test in which cells are scraped from the cervix to screen for cervical cancer and cancer precursors. Another example is undergoing colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. Another example is blood testing, such as psa levels for prostate cancer. Testing depends upon the cancer type. ...Read more
Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that . Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be careful: Read the directions carefully. Have a friend with you to help. ...Read more
See a Professional: See a trained professional. Contact your insurance or you google search engine and get the name of a professional. Then make an appointment. During the appointment interview your doctor and make sure you are comfortable with them. They will ask you a series of questions and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical exam: Your doctor will do a speculum exam and look for a pool of amnionic fluid in the vagina, a nitrazine test that checks the ph of the fluid and will put some of the fluid on a slide and look under the microscope for a ferning like pattern that the fluid will make. In certain circumstances that are very rare, your doctor could do an amniocentesis and place dye in the fluid around the baby. ...Read more
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