Posts for tag: Skin Cancer
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!
Cancer is a scary condition which affects millions of people a year. Understanding the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer and how to tell a normal mole from a potentially concerning mole can be crucial in preventing a life-threatening situation. Find out more about the early signs of skin cancer and how you can determine if your mole is normal or suspicious with Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with locations in Andover, MA and Brookline, MA.
Spotting Skin Cancer with the ABCDEs
- Asymmetry: Cancerous moles are often asymmetrical. A normal mole is symmetrical and one solid color.
- Border: The border of a suspicious mole may look jagged or uneven. A normal mole is round or ovular in shape.
- Color: A mole should have one solid color within smooth, ovular or circular borders. If you have more than one color in your mole or if it is very dark or black, you should consult with your dermatologist.
- Diameter: A normal mole is usually less than 6 millimeters in diameter, or smaller than an everyday pencil eraser.
- Evolution: A cancerous mole changes shape, size, or color, often quickly. Most cases of skin cancer occur in a new growth, meaning that old moles normally do not develop cancerous cells.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatments in Andover, MA and Brookline, MA
If you think you have a suspicious mole, you should see your dermatologist for a skin examination. This visit will allow your doctor to go over your skin to ensure that there are no concerning moles or marks on your skin. If there is, your doctor may take a biopsy to examine in a laboratory setting to determine if the mole is cancerous or benign. Your doctor may remove the mole altogether. It is wise to consult with your dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for you.
For more information on skin cancer or skin examinations, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with locations in Andover, MA and Brookline, MA. Call (978) 475-9230 to schedule an appointment in Andover and (617) 731-2390 to schedule an appointment in Brookline today!