Skin Cancer Test
The Importance of a Skin Cancer Test
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly 8 out of 10 cases being caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. That’s why it’s so important to get regular skin cancer screenings. A skin cancer test can help detect any abnormal changes on your skin and allow you to take action before it’s too late. Let’s take a look at why getting a skin cancer test is so important for your health.
Early Detection Is Key
When it comes to treating skin cancer, early detection is key. The earlier you find and treat any abnormal growths or changes on your skin, the better chances you have of preventing serious health complications. A skin cancer screening can help diagnose any suspicious spots that may be precancerous or even malignant melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—so that they can be removed or treated right away. It’s important to keep in mind that not all suspicious spots are an indication of skin cancer; however, a professional diagnosis will be able to tell for sure.
UV Radiation Risk Factors
It’s also important to understand that UV radiation from the sun isn’t the only risk factor for developing skin cancer. Other risk factors include fair complexion, family history of melanoma, weakened immune system due to certain medications such as immunosuppressants, and having more than 50 moles on your body. If you fall into one or more of these categories, then it’s especially important for you to get regular screenings for early detection and prevention of any further health risks associated with developing any kind of skin cancer.
Protect Yourself With Sunscreen
In addition to regular screenings, wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself against UV radiation exposure that could lead to developing some form of skin cancer down the road. Sunscreen should be applied liberally 20 minutes before going outdoors and should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming/sweating excessively during outdoor activities throughout the day when needed. Wearing protective clothing such as hats and long-sleeved shirts as well as avoiding peak hours in direct sunlight (between 10am – 4pm) can also help reduce your risk factor significantly when combined with proper sunscreen use and routine screening tests.
At Newman Dermatology Beverly Hills, we understand the importance of regular skin cancer screenings and strive to provide our patients with the best quality care possible. Our experienced dermatologists are dedicated to helping you protect your health by detecting any abnormal changes early on. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your next skin cancer screening.