Skin cancer can be deadly, and obtaining an early diagnosis is critically important to ensuring treatment is most effective. Dr. Jurzyk offers comprehensive annual skin screening evaluations to look for early signs of cancer and other skin diseases in patients from throughout the Wolcott, CT, area, helping them maintain optimal health.
Skin Screening Q&A
What is a skin screening exam?
Skin screening is a proactive, preventive, head-to-toe evaluation of your skin to look for signs of skin cancer or other skin diseases. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it has the advantage of being relatively easy to evaluate. A screening is a simple process that can dramatically reduce your risks for skin cancer as well as help ensure you receive the best treatment for skin issues as early as possible.
How often should I be screened?
Ideally, you should have a skin cancer screening every year. If you have risk factors for skin cancer, you may need to have more frequent screenings.
What happens during a skin screening?
First, you’ll be asked to provide a personal and family medical history to look for diseases and conditions that could indicate an increased risk for skin problems like cancer. During the exam portion, you’ll change into a medical gown and your skin will be evaluated from head to toe. The process is quick, painless and noninvasive. If a suspicious-looking area of unusual-looking mole or freckle is detected, a tiny skin sample (biopsy) will be taken for further evaluation in a lab. You’ll also receive guidance on how to car for your skin, and depending on what issues are uncovered, you may be given prescriptions for medications as well as guidance on when you should have your next follow-up visit.
My family doesn’t have a history of skin cancer. Do I still need an annual skin screening?
Yes. Although a family history of skin cancer can increase your risk, many people who have skin cancer have no family history of the disease. Even if you wear sunscreen every day without fail, you still need to be screened each year to ensure your skin stays healthy.