Why do I need regular analysis and screening of skin lesions and growths?
Skin cancer is a serious condition that can become deadly without early detection and treatment. It is critical that patients undergo an analysis of any unusual skin lesions, moles, or growths that may be indicative that cancer cells are present. The dermatologists at Houston Dermatology Associates in Houston, Texas, believe that regular skin cancer checks are vital to catching conditions such as melanoma in the earliest stages for the best outcomes after treatment.
What happens during a skin cancer screening?
During a skin cancer screening, also known as a skin check, the doctor will examine the skin for any abnormal growths or changes in moles. They may also ask about risk factors and family history of skin cancer. A biopsy may be performed to test for cancer cells if any concerning areas are found. Regular screenings can help with the early detection and successful skin cancer treatment.
What happens if a skin lesion biopsy comes back as melanoma?
Detection of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, will prompt further testing to determine the stage and spread of the cancer. The treatment plan may involve surgery to remove the tumor, such as traditional Mohs micrographic surgery, or the use of additional therapies, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Close monitoring is also typically recommended to catch any recurrence or spreading of the cancer. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve outcomes for melanoma patients, a skin cancer that can be fatal if not caught early.
How do I schedule a skin cancer screening?
With our team, you can undergo routine skin cancer screenings to monitor for the early signs of cancer and take action as soon as problems are found. If you happen to be in Houston, TX, and want to speak to our team about your skin care needs, call (713) 790-0058 to request an appointment. We are located at 6560 Fannin, Suite #1720, in the Scurlock Tower, and are open to new patients. We serve individuals in and around greater Houston, Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, San Antonio, and Sugarland, TX. We also have a very large international population. Please let our front desk staff know if you are coming from another country so that we could work with your schedule.