Why get a full body skin examination by a dermatology specialist? The short answer is, it may just save your life. Certain forms of skin cancers can lurk in areas that have never been exposed to the sun and there are also several sun exposed areas that patients cannot examine themselves. This is why it is so important to undergo regular full body skin exams by a dermatology specialist. Who you choose matters.
When you choose a provider at Treasure Valley Dermatology, you are choosing a dermatology professional that will perform a thorough skin exam, taking the time to explain the findings and address all of your skin concerns. Dr. Portela and I have recently discovered eighteen malignant melanomas in the past month and a half on our patients during our routine thorough skin examinations that have ultimately altered the course of our patients lives to very positive outcomes. The simple fact is, a thorough skin exam may just save your life. And yes, I realize the thought of a full body skin exam may be a little intimidating, however be assured our highly professional trained staff will put your mind at ease.
So, what should you expect during your office visit? Our professional and friendly staff will provide you with a gown or drape and ensure you are comfortable for the skin examination process. I want to take a moment to inform our female patients that as a female provider, I fully comprehend and make extra efforts to examine the skin in small areas from head to toe, keeping even the most modest patients comfortable. During your 10-15 min full body skin examination, your provider will be looking for skin cancers, pre-cancers and abnormal moles that require our attention. Expect all of your questions to be answered and we also provide a patient education/counseling handout after each visit to ensure you have the proper information to reference later, detailing the findings of your visit.
Melanoma rates are on the rise and it is the most common deadly skin cancer. However, when melanoma is caught early it is very treatable. Early intervention is truly lifesaving.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact us at (208) 519-4333 to schedule your full body skin examination today with our Boise dermatology specialists!
Written by Mariya Ostermiller MPAS, PA-C