Why You Need An Annual Skin Exam By A Board-Certified Dermatology Associates' Physician

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer affects one out of every five Americans, and more than three and a half million new cases are diagnosed each year. More of those skin cancer cases occur in Florida than almost anywhere else. So it’s very important that a skin exam with a Dermatology Associates, board certified doctor is part of your annual medical schedule.

Dermatology Associates' physicians also know how to treat disorders that affect the hair, nails, and mucous membranes. There are more than 3,000 known diseases that come under the practice of dermatology — including skin cancer, acne, and disorders like psoriasis and eczema — and anyone who has skin can be at risk. So your dermatologist is a very valuable medical professional.

Before your annual exam, there are some things that you can do before you even step into our office. If you have any skin, nail, or hair concerns, make some notes for yourself so that you are prepared to discuss it with your doctor. For example, perhaps you have been having trouble with breakouts or blemishes — acne affects more than just teenagers — or you may have noticed a new birthmark or brown spot that you don't remember seeing. Even things like brittle fingernails or increased hair loss or "shedding" are things you can bring to the attention of one of our doctors.

It's also helpful to do self skin exams. Checking your own skin for potential concerns is a very simple thing to do as part of your regular health routine, though, remember it’s not a replacement for a professional medical exam. We recommend that you do this kind of self-exam monthly so you can keep track of and monitor any changes in your skin. Make notes of anything unusual or anything that you notice is a new or changing mark on your skin. Remember to check your scalp, the soles of your feet, between toes and fingers, and hard to see places like under your arms. If you see any changes, it's time to make an appointment to see your Dermatology Associates physician.

Your dermatologist will consider all of your concerns in addition to performing a detailed check of your skin. If they see anything that they are worried about, they will discuss the concerns with you and explain what the next steps will be, if any. Early detection is always important, so even something that looks normal to you might be something that warrants further examination. You can trust our experts in skin care to help keep you safe and healthy.