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How old do you have to be to get skin exam?

How old do you have to be to get skin exam?

Annually : Skin problems can occur at any age and you could see a dermatologist. During annual physical exams your skin should be checked. Regarding skin moles or spots you should get them checked if there is a change in appearance, borders, colors or size. ...Read more

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Will a skin exam with a dermatologist make sense for somebody who is brown skinned?

Will a skin exam with a dermatologist make sense for somebody who is brown skinned?

Definitely: Darker skinned patients are still susceptible to skin cancers or skin changes, that a dermatologist could recognize (and biopsy)if it were indicated. ...Read more

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Can nodular melanoma be caught early with monthly skin exams? Or does it grow too quick? Seems many doctors misdiagnose it which causes problems.

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

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During annual skin exam should dermatologist check genitals and between butt cheeks? Wife and I yet to find one that does.

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

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How can I do a skin self-exam?

How can I do a skin self-exam?

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 more

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Is everyone supposed to have a total skin screening exam and how often?

Is everyone supposed to have a total skin screening exam and how often?

No but it can't hurt: Usually we do annual skin checks on folks with a past medical history, or immediate family history of skin cancer. ...Read more

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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 more

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What does a proper exam for skin cancers look like' how thorough? 2 different exam experience.

What does a proper exam for skin cancers look like' how thorough? 2 different exam experience.

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 more

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Would you know you had skin cancer after more than 4 years between derm exams? Tired of paying high fees.

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 more

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