Medical Dermatology

Skin Cancer Screening and Exams

Here at Pure Dermatology & Cosmetic Center we recommend annual full body skin examinations in order to detect skin cancer or skin pre-cancers in all patients starting in the late teenage years. During these full body skin exams, we discuss and look for the 3 main forms of skin cancer – Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, or Malignant Melanoma – the most lethal of the three. While Basal cells and Squamous cell skin cancers are common on chronically sun exposed areas of the skin, Melanomas are related to “holiday burns” and a genetic predisposition. Since melanoma can be deadly, and the is the #1 cancer killer in women in their 20s. The key is early detection, as melanomas caught in the early stages (before spreading to lymph nodes) has an excellent survival of 95% after 5 years. In contrast, late detection can be catastrophic for both patients and their families.

During your annual full body skin examination, our providers will discuss the “ABCDEs” of melanoma, and the sun protective measures and monthly self skin examinations recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.