Why should I schedule a Skin Cancer Screening?

 

 

BCC-Skin Cancer Screening

Basal Cell Skin Cancer found on annual skin screening

Here on the Jersey Shore, many local residents spend a considerable amount of time enjoying the beach and the outdoors. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States today. Patients often visit the office concerned about their sun-damaged skin and seeking products or procedures that will improve their skin.  In addition to preventative sunscreens and treatments that can reverse many of the signs of aging, Dr. Glicksman strongly encourages her patients to schedule an annual skin cancer screening. During the skin cancer screening, the doctor will visually and photographically examine all of your exposed (and unexposed) skin to check for areas of sun damage or any new or changing skin lesions.

Who should schedule a Skin Cancer Screening?

Some types of skin cancer, specifically Melanoma, have a genetic component, meaning that your risk of developing a malignant melanoma is higher if you have had a family member with this disease. There are many other types of skin cancer, including basal cell cancer (BCC) and squamous cell cancer (SCC). The early detection of precancerous or dysplastic lesions or actinic keratosis can help prevent these lesions from becoming more serious skin cancers. The early detection and complete removal of basal cell and squamous cell cancers can produce up to a 95% cure rate.

Is an annual Skin Cancer Screening covered by my insurance?

While every insurance plan differs, many health insurance plans do cover this type of preventative care. All visits and screenings will be with the doctor, not a Physicians Assistant or a nurse. Our office will then help you submit any fees you incur for your screening and biopsies to your insurance company if necessary.

What if I need a biopsy?

Biopsies of suspicious lesions are very important. As a board certified plastic surgeon trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the doctor has been performing skin cancer screenings since 1989. Careful screening by a surgeon, not a medical assistant or a PA, may potentially reduce unnecessary biopsies of benign lesions. Should you need a biopsy, the procedure should produce the smallest amount of injury to the surrounding tissues to minimize potential scarring. Specimens are sent to one of several pathology labs depending on your insurance company to help assure a rapid and accurate diagnosis.

How do I schedule a Skin Cancer Screening?

If you would like to schedule a screening with the doctor, or have had a previous biopsy that was positive for a skin cancer, please call the office at 732-974-2424. It is important to bring your old records of any previous skin cancer treatment, if possible, with you to your scheduled visit.