Skin Cancer Screening
Different factors contribute to a higher risk of skin cancer, including exposure to the sun, smoking and genetics. Though often diagnosed in people over the age of 60, cancers like melanoma can often appear in people under the age of 30.
If you notice a change in the size, shape, color or thickness of a skin blemish or mole, it is time to schedule a skin cancer screening. A change may not always indicate cancer, but the rates of melanoma have risen in the past 30 years, and it is always important to check. If your family has a history of skin cancer, you should schedule regular checkups.
Dr. Merrell uses FotoFinder® for skin cancer screenings, which combines the capability of high resolution digital photographs, dermascopy, and computerized mapping to detect the presence of new moles or changes to existing ones. Our number one concern is patient safety, in wellness and during procedures.
If you have concerns about your skin and the possibility of skin cancer, please contact Dr. Merrell’s office today to schedule an appointment.