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About Skin Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Here are some facts you need to know about skin cancer:

  • Anyone can get skin cancer, even those who have skin of color
  • The sun and indoor tanning are the leading causes of skin cancer
  • If caught before it spreads, most skin cancers are curable
    • That’s why having a yearly screening exam is so important!

What to Expect During a Skin Check

To spot skin cancer or pre-cancerous growths, we will carefully examine your skin. Specifically, we will look for growths, moles, and any dry patches.

  • Lee uses “dermatoscopy” for all her examinations
    • A “dermatoscope” is a special magnifying device that shines light on your skin
    • This special skin scope allows us to visualize skin abnormalities at a deeper level and assess patterns that may indicate dangerous spots
  • If we find anything suspicious, we will gently remove all or part of the suspect area
    • This sample will be sent to a lab for a biopsy
    • Process causes minimal discomfort and generally does not leave a significant scar


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About Skin Allergies

The medical term for skin allergies is “allergic contact dermatitis.” Generally, the allergies appear as a rash after you touch or come into contact with certain substances. Skin can be itchy, cracked, red, sore, and even bleed.

  • Some of the common substances that cause skin allergies include:
    • Makeup
    • Aftershave
    • Shampoo and soaps
    • Jewelry
    • Medication
    • Clothing
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Paper
    • Ink,
    • Construction materials
    • Rubber

What to Expect During Skin Allergy Testing

“Patch testing” is used to determine if your rash is caused by an allergic reaction.

  • We offer a test of the 36 most common allergens, as well as 10 others found in cosmetics
  • Generally takes several days, and involves 3 different office visits to read and interpret [design timeline graphic]
    • Paper strips containing antigens (allergic substances) are placed/adhered to your back
    • Strips removed in about 48 hours and we do the first reading
    • A few days later, you’ll return for the final interpretation and to discuss your results

Coming to see us for skin allergy testing? Download full Patch Test Instructions.


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