Consider skin cancer screening if you have fair skin, more than 50 moles, or a family history of skin cancer. At Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics in Harbor, Oregon, experienced dermatologist Richard Schultz, MD, and the team offer skin cancer screenings to people of all ages. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve the odds of remission and reduce your risk of more serious outcomes. Call Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics today to request a skin cancer screening appointment or book online.
A skin cancer screening is an outpatient procedure used to identify skin cancer early on when it’s most responsive to treatment.
You may benefit from skin cancer screening if you have lots of moles, irregular moles, or a personal or family history of skin cancer. Routine checkups at Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics can protect your health and provide peace of mind.
During your skin cancer screening at Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics, you’ll be asked to:
When you arrive at the office, you change into a hospital gown. This allows Dr. Schultz to examine every inch of your skin for potential problems.
Dr. Schultz reviews your medical records and asks about your personal and family history of cancer. Let him know if you’ve noticed any new moles or lesions that are changing or causing symptoms like itching or pain.
Dr. Schultz examines your skin from head to toe, noting any spots you may have mentioned and others that warrant monitoring or further examination. The exam covers your entire body, including your scalp, eyelids and eyes, mouth, face, ears, torso, hands, fingernails, feet, and toenails.
If small spots require a closer look, Dr. Schultz uses a dermatoscope — a device that combines a light and magnifier to see lesions invisible to the naked eye.
If Dr. Schultz identifies a potentially cancerous or suspicious lesion, he measures it and collects a tissue biopsy.
During a biopsy, Dr. Schultz numbs the area with a local anesthetic and removes a small sample of skin. He then sends your sample to a lab for processing. Dr. Schultz will receive your test results 7-10 days later.
If you do have cancer, Dr. Schultz can refer you to a nearby oncologist and help coordinate your care.
If you need a skin cancer screening, don’t delay. Call the office to speak with the friendly staff and schedule an appointment. Or request your screening online today.