Annual skin cancer screenings are important for early detection of skin cancer. Cancer screenings are especially important if skin cancer runs in your family or if you have spent extended time in the sun over the years. Even if your risk of developing skin cancer is low, regular screenings are still beneficial as skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. At the Belleville Dermatology Center, Dr. Joseph Eastern is your dermatologist for skin cancer screening in Belleville, NJ.
Skin Cancer Screenings
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Since skin cancer is also the most common type of cancer in the U.S., the fact that one out of every five people will develop it underscores the importance of undergoing annual skin cancer screenings.
In Belleville, skin cancer screenings are quick and painless. The dermatologist inspects the skin on the entire body, including the face, arms, legs, and torso. The skin on the scalp is checked, as well. While examining the skin, the dermatologist looks for suspicious moles or growths, as well as changes to existing moles since your last screening. The growth of new moles and changes in the shape, color, and texture of existing moles can all be indications of possible skin cancer. Risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
- Family history of skin cancer
- Several moles all over the body
- Extensive sun exposure at any time
- Extensive use of tanning beds
- Not applying sunscreen regularly
- History of sunburns
- Having fair skin
- A weakened immune system
- Exposure to radiation
Whether you have any of the risk factors associated with developing skin or not, annual skin cancer screenings are important for everyone since skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Annual skin cancer screenings are especially critical if you do have some of the risk factors, though. To schedule your next cancer screening with Dr. Eastern, your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings in Belleville, call The Belleville Dermatology Center at (973) 751-1200.