Skin Cancer Screening in Maryland
If You Are Looking for Skin Cancer Screenings in Maryland, Visit Us at WellAve Dermatology. Our Team Will Conduct a Complete and Private Visual Examination of Your Skin and Identify Any Risks. If You Notice Changes in Your Skin or Moles, It’s Time to Be Seen.
When it comes to cancer, early detection is vital to ensure you can receive the treatment you need as soon as possible. Skin cancer screenings are an important part of taking care of your overall health. At WellAve Dermatology, we are dedicated to your well-being, offering skin cancer screenings and biopsies at each of our 5 Maryland locations in Frederick, Gambrills, Annapolis, and Glen Burnie. In keeping with the American Academy of Dermatology recommendations for an annual full-body examination, our team will conduct a complete and private visual examination of your skin and identify any risks. If the exam finds a suspicious lesion, we perform an on-the-spot biopsy (removal of a small tissue sample). Biopsies are promptly sent to a leading pathology lab for expert review. If you notice changes in your skin or moles, it’s time to be seen.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States of America, and it can affect men and women of all races and backgrounds. That is why it is so important to have regular screenings to ensure any changes in your skin are noticed as early as possible, and the necessary steps can be taken to help you remain cancer free. We all love being in the sun, but it can cause irreversible damage. In addition to regular screenings for skin anomalies, it is important to make sure you are using sun protection every time you are outside, even if you think you do not need it. Wearing sunscreen and wearing protective clothing such as a coverup on the beach or a hat that covers your face are both excellent methods to help prevent skin cancer before it develops.
A skin cancer screening consists of a visual inspection of your skin by your dermatology provider. When you come to WellAve Dermatology, one of our expertly trained providers will check each of your freckles, moles, and other marks on your skin for any abnormalities or changes. A visual cancer screening is a simple process. Skin cancer screening includes:
- Head to toe examination of the skin
- Education regarding prevention of future sun damage
- Biopsy of suspicious areas
- Pathology reviews
If your dermatology provider determines that you require a biopsy, then this procedure may be performed at the time of your visit. There are multiple types of biopsies, including shave, punch, incisional, excisional, and surgical. The type of biopsy you will undergo depends on the type of skin cancer suspected. If your biopsy shows that you have malignant melanoma, there may be further testing required to understand the extent of the disease and determine a treatment plan.
There are multiple types of skin cancer. These include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell skin carcinoma (SCC), and merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). BCC and SCC are the most commonly diagnosed types of skin cancer in the United States. While they are malignant and should be taken very seriously, they are unlikely to spread to other areas of the body (a process called metastasizing). Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, as it is a highly aggressive cancer and can metastasize if left untreated.
At WellAve Dermatology, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality treatment available. When you come to one of our 5 locations, you will be treated with the kindness and attention that you deserve. Our entire staff is dedicated to you, and to ensuring you leave our offices with the answers you need and a treatment plan in place. If you are interested in scheduling a skin cancer screening, please call one of our locations and schedule an appointment today.
** All WellAve dermatology providers are subject to our rigorous training and ongoing quality control program developed and supported by experienced, board certified dermatologists.