Skin Cancer

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

Skin Allergies

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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