Annual Full-Body Skin Check in Miami, FL

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What is a Skin Check?

According to studies done at the Skin Cancer Foundation, around 20% of Americans will have skin cancer in their life. That means it's more important than ever to have routine skin exams, like skin cancer screenings and mole checks — even more so if you have a family history of skin cancer. Skin checks can lead to early detection, which is key as it provides more treatment options, and in general, a better outcome. Dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier and her skilled team suggest you get yearly full-body skin checks at Brickell Cosmetic Center for early detection and care. Don't delay in getting a skin check, and call Brickell Cosmetic Center today.

Types of Skin Cancer

At Brickell Cosmetic Center, we generally look for four types of skin cancers during a skin cancer screening:

  • Actinic Keratoses (AK): This cancer tends to form after a man or woman has turned 40 and is most commonly seen on the head, throat, hands, and arms. AKs appear as dry, scaly spots and are most often deemed precancerous since they can become squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): BCC is the most common form of skin cancer and can form anywhere on the skin. It could appear as a pink area, or as a flesh-colored or pearl-like bump. BCC has the potential to grow into the bones and nerves, causing disfigurements and damage so it is vital that it be treated.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): SCC is the second most common skin cancer and often develops on skin that gets the most sun exposure. It looks like scaly patches; firm, red bumps; and sores that frequently reopen. These could cause disfigurement and damage so they should be eliminated.
  • Melanoma: Melanoma grows abruptly as a dark area on the skin and is identified using the ABCD rule — asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Known to cause the most skin cancer deaths, melanoma needs to be treated as soon as it's diagnosed.

What Can I Expect From My Skin Check?

At Brickell Cosmetic Center, we recommend that our Key Biscayne, Miami, and Pinecrest, FL patients do routine self-exams; this is important so you can identify if a spot on your skin changes. Skin cancer screenings should be scheduled anytime you are worried that a spot on your skin changes, bleeds, or itches, or yearly if you've had skin cancer in the past. However, Dr. Dozier recommends that you don't let a year pass without getting a screening. During skin checks at our Miami, FL office, we will check your entire body — that includes birthmarks, moles, and any other abnormal growths. A map of spots might be created to indicate regions of concern and help us identify new growths in the future. Following your exam, we will go over your results and make any necessary suggestions based on our findings. From there, we'll schedule your next appointment. In cases where we need to perform a biopsy, we will numb the area of concern and shave off a small sample to send to a pathology lab for evaluation. We will do our best to create minimal scarring and take the smallest skin sample possible during the biopsy. After our team receives the pathology report, we'll get in touch with you with the results.

Early Detection is Key

Successfully treating skin cancer depends on two main things: knowing your risk and early detection. At Brickell Cosmetic Center, we want you to live your happiest and healthiest life. That's why we offer and suggest annual skin checks for all of our Miami, Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove, FL patients and to meet with dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier each year so we can check for skin cancer and answer any questions you may have about spots on your skin. Contact our Miami, FL office today to schedule your consultation.

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