Did you know that the #1 most common cancer in humans is skin cancer? 1 in 5 Americans develops skin cancer in their lifetime, and it can develop at any age, from your childhood or teen years to your senior years.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone sees their physician every year for a professional skin exam. The exception is if you have a recent history of skin cancer. Then skin cancer screenings should be done every six months. Why? The biggest predictor of getting skin cancer is having a history of previous skin cancer.
Dr. Downes specializes in skin cancer screenings. By having a head-to-toe skin exam performed regularly, pre-cancerous lesions, melanoma, and other skin cancers can be found in time before they have a chance to grow into a bigger problem.
Our office is unique. When a patient schedules a "Full Body Skin Exam," a minimum of 30 minutes is allotted in order for Dr. Downes to perform a thorough, non-rushed exam, instead of just a quick glance-over. Patients don a gown so that Dr. Downes can examine all areas of the body, and she uses a powerful little tool called a dermatoscope to better visualize moles and suspicious skin lesions up close. Patients should not wear makeup during the screening.
If any suspicious lesions are identified, skin biopsies can be performed during the same visit. Other issues can usually be addressed during the same visit, such as rashes identified during the exam, acne and rosacea, dry skin, and skin aging issues.