Skin Cancer Screening With Dermoscopy
By Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Associates of Annapolis and Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates
March 13, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermoscopy  

Skin Cancer ScreeningGive yourself peace of mind when you opt for Dermoscopy cancer screenings.

About Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy is a non-invasive microscopic technique for examining pigmented skin lesions and tumors and diagnosing melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. However, Dermoscopy is also used to diagnose basal cell carcinoma, seborrhoeic keratosis (benign lesions of the skin) and haemangioma.

Sometimes Dermoscopy can also be used to evaluate and diagnose other skin conditions like scabies, alopecia, psoriasis, fungal infections, lichen planus, warts or eczema.

How Dermoscopy works

Dermoscopy uses a handheld lighting system that helps your Annapolis, MD dermatologist look at different structures and patterns along the skin. Dermoscopy also allows us to capture and archive images to provide a proper diagnosis.

During your Dermoscopy procedure, we will painlessly examine your skin, paying close attention to the color and structure of certain pigmented lesions. The lesion characteristics that we look for include symmetry, structure uniformity, how the pigmentation is distributed, if there are any fissures or cysts, the border of the growth and whether there are ulcers present.

Who should get a Dermoscopy skin cancer screening?

If you have noticed any new skin growths or changes to current skin growths, then it’s time to schedule a Dermoscopy screening with your Annapolis dermatologist. Skin cancer screenings offer the best chance to catch cancerous and precancerous cells, so we recommend that people get a skin cancer exam at least once a year. You should also be conducting self-exams regularly to check for any changes.

Talk to your Annapolis dermatologist about how often you should be screened. You may need to be screened more regularly if you’ve had skin cancer in the past or if you have a family history of melanoma or skin cancer.

To find out more about Dermoscopy skin cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, contact your Annapolis, MD dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates.