Batra Dermatology

Skin Cancer Screening Age

Upload: April 27, 2016

What is the Most Effective Skin Cancer Screening Age?

At Batra Skin Care, we are dedicated to providing premier medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services. Today, more than ever before, people are worried about skin cancer and the appropriate screening age. At Batra Skin Care, our leading dermatology center specializes in early skin cancer detection, Mohs Micrographic Surgery and skin cancer removal.

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells can range in medical severity and seriousness. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the number one most common cancer of any type in the United States. Studies reveal that around 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with some type of skin cancer every year. Considered the most fatal of all skin cancer, Melanoma accounts of over 76,000 of those 3.3 million cases in the United States.

Common Risk Factors for Skin Cancer & What is the Appropriate Screening Age?

When someone is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight, tanning beds, and lamps, too often they run the risk of acquiring skin cancer. Other genetic characteristics like pale skin, natural red or blond hair, or a weakened immune system can lead to being more at-risk. If you burn easily, remember to wear sunscreen and the appropriate clothing to protect yourself. Other factors like exposure to coal tar, paraffin, arsenic compounds, or specific kinds of oil can lead to skin cancer. Pay attention to unusual moles and investigate your family history, as the likelihood of acquiring skin cancer increases if your family members have experienced it. At Batra Skin Care, we provide skin cancer screening and are happy to help ease your mind should you be worried about any specific spots or your overall skin health.

Skin cancer affects people of all ages, which is why it is important to consider skin cancer screening ages for all members of your family. However, the likelihood of experiencing skin cancer increases with age. Our team of dermatology experts will meet with you one-on-one and make sure that you feel comfortable and that all of your questions are answered. We will meticulously respond to your concerns and confirm that we have examined your skin thoroughly to ensure that your skin cancer screening is completed effectively. The earlier a skin cancer is detected, the higher the rate of cure.

Dr. Batra is fellowship-trained to perform the Mohs Micrographic surgery technique that was developed by Frederic E. Mohs, M.D. in the 1930s. The Mohs technique is a surgery that removes skin cancer in a precise method. With this method, the five-year cure rate is 99% for first-treatment cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers. The Mohs technique only removes cancerous tissues and spares normal skin, which helps minimize post-operative scars as well as the chance of recurrence.

Visit Batra Skin Care at our website or call 310-829-9099 for more information about skin cancer, early detection, and professional insight into screening age.