Skin Cancer Examinations
Every year more than a million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the two most common forms of skin cancer. These types of cancer can be effectively treated and eliminated when detected early. This is why we recommend regular, at least annual, skin checks. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and is not as common nor as easy to cure. Periodic skin examinations involve a 2- to 3-minute visual inspection of the patient's entire body and are key to diagnosing skin cancer at its earliest stage.

Dermatology & Laser Institute recommends regular examinations for their patients, particularly for anyone who has a history of chronic sun exposure, actinic keratoses, or previous skin cancers.  

Dr. Greenberg advises his patients to perform self-examinations in order to be aware of any changes in the skin.  Warning signs to look for include:

  • A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multicolored
  • A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that:
    • changes color
    • increases in size or thickness
    • changes in texture
    • is irregular in outline
    • is bigger than 1/4"
    • appears after age 21
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
  • An open sore that does not heal within three weeks

If you find something suspicious, please do not ignore it. Call our office at (941) 488-5300 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about skin cancer prevention and how to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by
visiting Medline Plus.

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