In the U.S. more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Most skin cancers are preventable. But it is important to get an annual dermatological exam, especially if you are fair-skinned or have experienced sunburns in the past. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are essential for the best possible outcomes with such skin cancers as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
At Northwest Skin Specialists our providers are extremely thorough in conducting annual skin exams and in monitoring changes in the condition of your skin from year to year. We teach patients to recognize dangerous lesions at home during self-exams and urge them to call if anything looks suspicious. Our team incorporates tools such as dermatoscopy and digital photo mapping to monitor your skin. The prevention of skin cancer entails educating patients to recognize skin cancers through regular self-examination, and to use photoprotection, such as sunscreens, clothing, hats, and sunglasses.