Your risk of developing skin cancer increases as you age. Men are more likely than women to develop certain types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Other significant risk factors include:
A skin cancer screening involves a physical exam during which the doctors use advanced dermatoscope technology. This allows the doctors to examine suspicious skin lesions clearly and identify potentially cancerous sites, especially melanoma.
The doctors at Norterra Family Medicine perform a biopsy if they find a skin lesion that looks suspicious. Any atypical moles or lesions that are precancerous or questionable are excised and destroyed.
Regular screenings catch skin cancer when it’s in its earliest stages and most treatable. Screenings also help identify abnormal moles or spots that have the potential to develop into cancer.
To protect yourself year-round, follow specific habits:
If you notice one of your moles has changed in shape, size, or color, have it checked immediately. Through regular self-exams, you may also notice a change in the number of dark spots or that certain ones look different than others. Ask one of the doctors about new growths and sores that won’t heal. Unusual bleeding or itching and texture changes could be other warning signs.
Dr. Weiss specializes in acne treatments, such as accutane and LED light therapy. She can also recommend at-home treatments to keep your skin looking its best; the top medical-grade skin care products and sunscreen are available at the partner practice of Paradise Medspa and Wellness next door.
We participate with most major insurance carriers, however, some specific policies under that carrier may be under a network that we are not contracted with. The best way to ensure we are an in-network provider is to call the customer service line listed on the back of your insurance card to verify that either Dr. Kristine Sarna or Dr. Rebecca Weiss is listed as an in-network provider for your specific insurance policy. We recommend that all patients verify this very important information before you schedule your appointment to prevent any unexpected amount due for your office visit.If you have any questions about this or anything about our practice, we will be happy to help you in any way we can. Just give us a call at 623-565-5060. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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