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How long does a standard/detailed full skin exam last ? How does the process goes and what do the dermatologist check ?
Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.
Difficult : The reason why this type of melanoma is caught late because it spreads to the inside rather than spreading to the outside like other types of melanoma. Therefore, it is difficult to notice a change in the mile. Also, in melanoma, the deeper the lesion, the worse it is and the more likely to spread to other parts. This makes nodular melanoma more serious and aggressive as it grows deep. ...Read more
During annual skin exam should dermatologist check genitals and between butt cheeks? Wife and I yet to find one that does.
Very thorough: A very thorough skin exam would include the skin of the genitalia/perineum. However, this is uncommon because most dermatologists focus on skin that is frequently exposed to the sun (major risk factor for most skin cancers). The skin around the genitalia and anus is generally examined during an annual wellness check up with your primary doctor during a rectal, testicular, or pelvic exam. ...Read more
Examine all over: It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun. You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. http://www.melanomamonday.org/documents/body_mole_map_11-09.pdf. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?
Health: Other ways to promote your health 1. Don't smoke 2. Exercise on a regular basis 3. Maintain a healthy body weight 4. Wear sunscreen 5. Have routine physicals performed by your doctor 6. Limit your consumption of alcohol All things that sound like common sense, but we sometimes forget to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All areas: Skin cancer can develop on any part of the skin, so a complete skin exam should visualize all at-risk areas. I typically have patients change into a robe for such an exam to make sure a complete exam is performed. Often times follow-up exams are more focused and are more directed to a particular region or area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would you know you had skin cancer after more than 4 years between derm exams? Tired of paying high fees.
Pay to detect early: Skin cancers can take on many forms depending on the type of cancer....Pigmented vs. Skin colored, ulcerating vs smooth, pearly vs scaling, w/ or w/o prominent blood vessels. Your dermatologist's job is to catch a skin cancer early. For melanoma, early treatment=chance of cure. Once melanoma spreads, survival drops way off. Mention your financial concerns to your md, but keep the appts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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