Full-Body Skin Exams & suspicious lesion evaluation
Full-body skin examination is a method of screening patients for benign or cancerous lesions that they may not have been able to see or recognize on their own. From head to toe and back to front, the skin is inspected for any suspicious growths. This quick and painless preventive measure is an invaluable tool in the early detection of skin cancer as well as many other dermatological conditions. There is always a medical assistant present in the room with the doctor and patient. Full-body skin examination by a physician is recommended for most patients on a yearly basis. It is also important for patients to screen themselves monthly for new or changing lesions, and to point such spots out to your physician sooner if they develop.
If there are any marks on your body that concern you, it's important to bring them to the attention of our doctors. Anything they find suspicious during the full-body skin exam will be biopsied. That means that our doctors will cut away a small portion of the skin and send it to an expert skin pathologist for evaluation. When the lab results return, our doctors will discuss appropriate follow-up care.