Just as you visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup, making time each year to see a dermatologist is essential for your health. Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening explain here why making an annual appointment for a skin cancer screening at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA, can be a life-saving decision.
What is a skin cancer screening?
A skin cancer screening with your Brookline and Andover dermatologist is essentially a checkup, just like you'd have with your dentist or another medical provider. These appointments usually begin with a discussion about any concerns you may have about changes to your skin, including pre-existing moles and new growths or lesions. Your medical history will also be reviewed. Either Dr. Rockoff or Dr. Fening and a staff member will then check your skin, from your scalp to your toes, to identify any lesions that need to be monitored or removed. Your screening will also include sun protection counseling, in which Dr. Rockoff or Dr. Fening will discuss with you the optimal ways to protect yourself from sun damage.
Why are skin cancer screenings important?
Although most spots that appear on the skin are benign, or harmless, having them checked by a professional yearly is necessary. That's because many benign lesions can mimic cancerous ones, and skin cancer can be disfiguring or deadly if it goes undetected for a long time. Fortunately, skin cancer is very treatable if caught early, and the best way to do this is to visit The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover for an appointment with your dermatologist every year.
If you've noticed a change in one of your moles, or have questions about a new spot on your skin, it's time to contact The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA, to make an appointment with Dr. Rockoff or Dr. Fening. We'd be happy to set you up on the path to healthier skin!