Another year is almost here, and with it comes a lot of appointments that you should be making. Just as you should schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor and a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist, you also should be scheduling an annual checkup with your dermatologist. Getting annual exams to check for skin cancer is important for a number of reasons.
Skin Cancer Is Common
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Approximately 9500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. With the prevalence of skin cancer in Americans, it only makes sense to be checked out annually, just in case.
Early Detection Is Easier to Treat
Another important reason to get checked for skin cancer each year is that if it is caught early, skin cancer is often easy to treat. There are several treatments, including the Mohs surgery that our dermatologists can perform, which can eliminate skin cancer before it spreads to other areas of the body. Once cancer begins to spread, more aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation are required, and outcomes are not as positive.
When to Schedule Your Appointment
It is a great idea to schedule your appointment to have your skin checked for signs of cancer soon after the year begins. This way you can start your year fresh and know that you are healthy. The winter is also a good time to address these potential issues, because you are not spending as much time outside in the sun and exposing yourself to pollution that can cause skin cancer.
If you are interested in having your skin checked for cancer, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.