Skin Screening Specialist

Boulder Dermatology

Dermatology Clinic & Aesthetic Specialists located in Boulder, CO & Louisville, CO

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, which is why you should get your skin screened regularly. At Boulder Dermatology, the team of dermatologists, including Dr. Lise Morrison, perform regular skin screenings to catch skin cancer so it can be treated early and successfully. If you live in Boulder or Louisville, Colorado, or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking agent to set up your appointment for a skin screening today.

Skin Screening Q & A

What are the different types of skin cancer?

People of all colors and races can develop any type of skin cancer. These include:

  • Actinic keratosis: Precancerous lesions that, left untreated, can turn into squamous cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This type develops in response to prolonged sun exposure over the course of many years, usually in areas such as the head, neck, and back of the hands
  • Basal cell carcinoma: The most common type of skin cancer, it also develops in response to prolonged sun exposure on areas such as the head, neck, and face
  • Melanoma: The most serious type of skin cancer that can spread quickly if not treated

What are the signs of skin cancer?

Signs of skin cancer are varied and if you see anything suspicious, it’s important to get it checked out by the doctors at Boulder Dermatology. They include:

  • A growth or sore that doesn’t go away
  • Nodules, raised bumps, or rashes on your skin
  • Raised areas that bleed easily
  • Irregular patches of skin that change shape over time and take up more space

What indicates a mole may be a sign of melanoma?

It’s important to screen for melanoma regularly, as it is especially deadly if not treated right away. Moles, beauty marks, and brown spots are usually harmless, but you should know when to suspect one is turning cancerous. The following are known as the ABCDEs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetrical shape
  • Borders that are uneven
  • Colors that vary
  • Diameter that is larger than a pencil tip
  • Evolving appearance

What should I expect during a skin cancer screening?

Regular skin cancer screenings are important even when you don’t notice a possible sign of a cancerous lesion. The doctors at Boulder Dermatology can examine areas of your body that may have experienced sun exposure or melanoma that are hard for you to see. If you do have concerns about particular areas of your skin, bring these to the attention of your doctor during the exam.

During a skin cancer screening, you undress and put on a hospital gown. Your doctor at Boulder Dermatology then exams every part of your body, including your chest, face, arms, back, and legs, as well as your scalp, between your toes, behind your ears, and the bottoms of your feet.

The entire exam takes about 10 minutes, or slightly longer if your doctor finds any suspicious moles or other growths.

If you do have a cancerous lesion, Boulder Dermatology has a Mohs specialist on staff, Dr. Todd Becker. Mohs surgery is the most effective way to treat skin cancer. It’s a methodical but effective way to get rid of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

Call or book online to schedule your regular skin cancer screening at Boulder Dermatology today.