Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and one of the best ways to keep it healthy is with regular skin cancer screenings. At DermaNuva Skin Laser and Health in Olds, Alberta, Dr. Johann van der Vyver and his skilled team of support staff want to give you peace of mind about your skin. To get started, contact us today and schedule your skin cancer screening.
The Benefits of a Skin Cancer Screening
Screenings are Simple
A skin cancer screening greatly increases the likelihood that you will find an atypical skin lesion in its very earliest stages, and often a simple visual screening is enough to find a problem. If you wait, you might not notice any lesions on your own until the cancer is much further along.
Beginning Cancers are Easier to Treat
In the early stages, skin cancer is at its most treatable. When you get regular cancer screenings and something is found, treatment can usually be faster, simpler, and less involved than if you were to wait.
Peace of Mind is Attainable
Perhaps the most important benefit of regular screenings is the peace of mind they can bring. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, so it’s not overdoing it to get screened regularly. It’s just good sense, and it relieves you of the worry that always swirls around any thought of the “Big C.”
The Dangers of Avoiding Regular Skin Cancer Screenings
The benefits of a screening alone make it worth getting your skin checked, but it’s also worth considering the dangers of ignoring regular screenings.
Spots Could Be Malignant
Cancer is, by definition, an uncontrolled cell growth forming a mass called a tumor. Some tumors are not cancerous, but those that are always grow because they are what’s known as malignant. To be malignant simply means that a tumor will happily encroach on nearby tissues.
Even the “Less Serious” Cancers are Destructive
You may have heard that most skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas, neither of which are considered as serious as malignant melanomas. While it’s good news if a spot is basal cell rather than malignant melanoma, it’s important to know that basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas still have the potential to spread to other parts of the body in some circumstances. Even if they don’t, they can be very disfiguring if you delay having them removed.
Malignant Melanoma is Highly Aggressive
Skin cancer might not seem like as big a deal as other types of cancer, like breast, colon, or prostate. But malignant melanoma is very aggressive and can spread quickly and easily to other parts of the body. These cancers must be treated as soon as possible.
Have You Had Your Screening?
Skin cancer shouldn’t be ignored, but it’s also not something that needs to keep you up at night. You can find and deal with issues early and keep your valuable peace of mind with regular skin cancer screenings at DermaNuva Skin Laser and Health in Olds, Alberta. If you’re ready for a screening, contact us today and set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!