Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and early detection is essential for effective treatment and a high cure rate. Whether you have a family history of skin cancer, or you’re concerned about recent changes, MidMichigan Dermatology is here to help you. Schedule a full skin exam in Midland, MI, with Dr. Peoples and the rest of our staff to get the answers you need.
What Is a Full Skin Exam?
These examinations are exactly what they sound like. During a full skin exam, our dermatologist thoroughly checks your skin for anything that could potentially be a sign of skin cancer. Birthmarks, moles, and other suspicious spots are what we pay the most attention to during these screenings.
While some general practitioners perform routine skin examinations, it is best to be screened by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Peoples. Her specialized training allows her to carry out a more detailed and accurate screening.
What Are Early Signs of Skin Cancer?
If you notice any of the following red flags, we recommend scheduling a skin examination to get assessed:
- Unusually Colored Bumps
- Painful Moles
- Spots That Ooze, Bleed, or Become Crusty
- Old Sores that won’t Heal
- Skin Marks or Sores with Irregular Borders
- Changes in Existing Skin Marks
While these red flags could be something benign or nothing at all, it is best to get checked. Early detection boosts cancer treatment success rates significantly.