Annual Skin Cancer Screening Exams

The physicians of Ironwood Dermatology urge patients to undergo an annual skin cancer screening examination. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million cases are diagnosed each year. With early detection and proper treatment, skin cancer is highly curable. The average cure rate when detected and treated in the early stages is 95%. Even melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has a high cure rate with early detection and treatment.

In addition to being screened for skin cancer, Ironwood Dermatology’s physicians teach patients how to examine their own skin for early warning signs. Skin self-examinations consist of regularly looking over the entire body, including the back, scalp, soles of feet, between the toes, and on the palms of hands. To do a thorough exam, it is important to use both full-length and hand-held mirrors so that it is possible to see the back of the head, back, and buttocks. For additional information: www.skincancer.net

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