Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime. Skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers, and 90 percent of skin cancers can be cured if detected early.
When was the last time you had a skin cancer screening?
There are different types of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most deadly. This year, approximately 13,000 people will die of skin cancer—melanoma will be responsible for 10,000 of those deaths.
Melanoma is most commonly caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun or indoor tanning beds. If you have used an indoor tanning bed, or have spent time outside in the sun, you are at risk of developing melanoma. Because we know the cause of most cases of melanoma is UV radiation, we also know that most cases of melanoma can be prevented. With summer coming to an end, it’s easy to forget about checking your skin. Now is the perfect time to get your annual skin cancer screening from your dermatologist!
Why You Should Have a Skin Cancer Screening
Some people may be more at risk of developing skin cancer, such as people with pale skin and naturally red or blonde hair, those with a family history of skin cancer, or individuals who have suffered severe sunburns in the past. Though these factors may put some people at a greater risk, but the reality is, each of us is at some risk of developing skin cancer.
By protecting our skin from the sun and avoiding other sources of UV radiation, such as indoor tanning beds and tanning booths, you can significantly reduce your risk of cancer. Getting checked for skin cancer is an important step in prevention. Your dermatologist may detect signs of cancer—called precancers—before they develop into skin cancer. If skin cancer is found, you want to be able to arrange for treatment right away.
Our providers, led by Matthew Barrows, M.D., are experts at detecting and treating skin cancer. Dr. Barrows is one of the few dermatologists in North Texas who performs Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer treatment. In addition to Mohs surgery, our dermatology clinics also offer other forms of skin cancer treatment including cryosurgery, topical chemotherapy, and surgical excision. Learn more about the treatments we offer for skin cancer here.
If you are due for a skin cancer screening or if you have any risk factors for skin cancer, contact us today to book an appointment. We have multiple offices in North Texas–find the location closest to you.