Academic Alliance and Dermatology advocates a practice culture of Skin Cancer Prevention through early detection.
Millions of Americans may not be aware of the threat of skin cancer, including, for example, men and women who regularly participate in outdoor activities without sunscreen or protective clothing or you may have a personal or family history of skin cancer. In fact, more than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. each year. The good news is that most types of skin cancer are preventable and treatable when caught at an early stage.
The results of a recent survey performed by the American Academy of Dermatology, demonstrates why patient education is critically important for early detection. Here are the findings:
1. Almost three-quarters of respondents (74%) did not know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
2. Only half (53%) knew how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.
3. Thirty percent of respondents were either unsure or did not know skin cancer can be easily treated if caught early.
Early detection of Skin Cancer, specifically, Malignant Melanoma, can be life saving. The first step to early detection is a “Full Body Skin Examination”. Most people do not realize a “Full Body Skin Examination” is the easiest of all preventative medical examinations and an integral part of our overall health.
What to expect from a “Full Body Skin Examination”: Annually, all patients should be examined from the top of their scalp to the bottom of their feet, including between the toes. Throughout this examination, patients should feel free to ask the dermatologist questions about any skin growths and/or unusual skin appearance. Once your “Full Body Skin Examination” is completed, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Did your dermatologist answer your questions to your satisfaction and understanding?
2. Did the dermatologist ask you if you had any questions?
3. Did the dermatologist give you written material on proper use of sunscreen or sun protection and self-skin examinations?
If you can answer yes to all the three questions above then you are on your way to a comprehensive plan of good health by way of “Skin Cancer” Prevention.
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