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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:
- Shampoo and soaps
- Cleaning supplies
- Construction materials
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.