Skin Cancer Screening | Symptoms, Types & Warning Signs

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hi I'm Julia Gibson I am a board

certified dermatologist practicing at

Trinity dermatology which is a member of

u.s. dermatology partners one very

common reason I see patients is for

lesions of concern like a growth that

they're concerned about is this skin

cancer is this okay and so just some

general tips and when you want to seek a

dermatologist I tell patients to look

out for things that are changing

changing in color size symptoms maybe

they didn't feel anything and now it's

getting painful or itchy and I tell

patients especially things that are

believing you want to see a

dermatologist things that are not

healing so if something's not healing in

a few weeks you definitely need to see

your dermatologist to get that checked

out there are definitely certain things

that will put you at a higher risk for

getting a skin cancer one is if you are

fair skinned or you have light hair

light eyes and if it's hard for you to

tan so if you're usually burning and if

you've had you know blistering Sun burns

in the past that puts you in a little

bit of a higher risk if you have if

you've had a skin cancer you're at a

higher risk if you have someone in your

family who has a skin cancer another

thing that puts you at a higher risk of

skin cancer is a history of indoor

tanning so this is even if you did it

once when you were in college that still

puts you a kind of at higher risk

because of the concentrated UV radiation

you're getting in those sessions and so

that would be something where you'd want

to come in and see dermatologist to get

a full-body skin check

there are three main types of skin

cancer they're the non-melanoma skin

cancers it's basal cell cancer and

squamous cell cancer and then there's

melanoma basal cell cancer is the most

common cancer and those and that is the

most thing that you're most likely to

have that type of cancer is very rare to

spread to other parts of your body but

it's very important to get tested and to

treat after after the biopsy because it

can grow and invade local structures and

cause some cause local damage squamous

cell cancers are kind of a little bit up

from basal cell cancers and how

aggressive they are they can spread from

place to place and especially if they

have certain high risk features and then

we have melanomas which is what our this

our most serious type of skin cancer

that can spread to different areas of

your body and is something that needs to

be treated aggressively and if in

certain state we hope to catch it at an

early stage where that's all we have to

do is cut it out but sometimes it's kind

of passed then and then we're going to

be working with a oncologist and you and

to kind of come up with the best

treatment plan every dermatologist does

it differently but what I do is I go

from head to toe and so I look in your

scalp I see if there's anything that I'm

concerned about I look closely at your

face your arms your chest your back

I look at your legs I will ask you if

you'd like me to look at your genitalia

because for a lot of women that happens

at the obedient as well so it's really

for me my patients preferences but I do

like to screen there because skin cancer

can occur on any where there is skin

will look at your buttocks will look

inside your mouth will look at your eyes

and then we'll even look in between your

toes and on the bottoms of your feet

we're looking at all of the different

spots that you have that you may have

noticed came up we're looking for

even textural changes that sometimes

tell us maybe that there's a pre-cancer

we are looking for spots that maybe you

didn't notice that aren't healing you

can see the link below to do a skin

cancer risk assessment to get an idea

for your own personal risk for skin

cancer there's also a link below to

schedule an appointment with a

board-certified dermatologist to get

your full body skin exam