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When to see your dermatologist for advanced skin cancer screening in the Fremont area


One of the most concerning dermatological conditions treated today is skin cancer. It is an unfortunate fact that skin cancers make up the majority of cancer diagnoses at this point in time. The team at Center for Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Surgery encourages our patients to practice habits that will aid in the prevention of this potentially deadly disease. With an ounce of prevention and consistent screening, you have a great deal of power to protect your health.

Protection from skin cancer can be achieved with three key points. The first is to learn how to be sun savvy. This means that broad spectrum sunscreen is worn daily, rain or shine. Sun savvy also includes avoidance of exposure during peak hours of the day, as well as tanning bed use. The second point is to visit the dermatologist each year for a professional skin cancer screening. Lastly, protection from skin cancer includes the monthly performance of a self-examination. In our offices in Fremont and Milpitas, we teach patients the best practices for self-examination.

How to perform a self-exam

Self-examination for skin cancer, when it becomes a regular practice, can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes. An important point of self-examination is to address every area of the body, including areas where there are folds in the skin. A thorough inspection of the skin can be achieved by using a “map”:

Self-examination for skin cancer, when it becomes a regular practice, can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes. An important point of self-examination is to address every area of the body, including areas where there are folds in the skin. A thorough inspection of the skin can be achieved by using a “map”:

  • Start in the visible areas of the face, including the mouth.
  • With the help of a partner, or using a mirror and a blow dryer to move hair out of the way, inspect the scalp.
  • Examine the fingers and hands, including the palms and in between fingers. Work up the forearms, past the elbows, and to the armpit area if possible.
  • Standing in front of a large mirror, inspect the upper arms, armpits, shoulders, chest, and the rest of the front of the body.
  • Using a second mirror, the back of the body can be examined from the neck all the way down to the feet.
  • Lastly, examine the fronts of legs and feet, including the soles and between the toes.

Contact Center for Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Surgery to schedule your skin cancer screening.

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