Exam for Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Sun Safety
A full-skin examination for detection of skin cancer is primarily to screen for malignant melanoma. The frequency of the exam depends on your skin cancer risk factors based on personal and family history.
What to expect during the exam
Dr. Christman will examine your skin to monitor and detect:
- Scars from previous skin cancers for recurrence
- The skin is checked for other suspicious lesions
- Atypical moles
- Actinic keratoses (precursors to squamous cell skin cancers)
- Non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell and squamous cell cancers
If abnormal or suspicious lesions are found, Dr. Christman will discuss diagnostic and treatment options.
Have you been performing skin self-exams? If so, please bring your Body Mole Map to review with Dr. Christman.
Dr. Christman will review your sun safety habits and program as well as the FDA sunscreen-labeling guidelines.
Effective skin cancer prevention and early detection requires a partnership between the patient and the dermatologist with a goal of maintaining healthy skin and general health.
Midtown Magazine article written by Dr. Lisa Abernethy Christman
Read the article in the February 2012 Edition of Raleigh’s Midtown Magazine written by Dr. Lisa Abernethy Christman regarding the 2012 FDA sunscreen-labeling guidelines.