A full body skin exam is an easy but important procedure, since the majority of skin conditions are highly treatable with early detection. A full body exam is fast and painless. It should be a part of your annual health routine.
Generally, your dermatologist will ask you questions about your history of sunburn and any past skin issues. Then you'll be asked to change your garments. The doctor will then perform a thorough check of your entire skin surface, from your scalp down to toe. This may involve the use of a dermatoscope.Women should wear their hair loose and remove nail polish before the exam, to allow the doctor to easily examine the scalp and fingernails. Both men and women should come prepared to change into exam garments.
If you've noticed any moles or other spots on your skin, mention them to the doctor during your exam. Doctor may ask about your family history of skin cancer or similar conditions. Severe skin cancers like melanoma lead to many thousands of deaths every year. Detect early could save your life. Get in touch with us today for consultation and schedule your full body exam.
Dermoscopy or dermatoscopy refers to the examination of the skin using skin surface microscopy, and is also called 'epiluminoscopy' and 'epiluminescent microscopy'. Dermoscopy is mainly used to evaluate pigmented skin lesions. Dermoscopy requires a high quality magnifying lens and a powerful lighting system (a dermatoscope). This allows examination of skin structures and patterns. There are several different lightweight, battery-powered hand-held devices. Computer software can be used to archive dermoscopy images and allow expert diagnosis and reporting. Smart programs may aid in diagnosis by comparing the new image with stored cases with typical features of benign and malignant pigmented skin lesions. Using dermoscopy, the pigmentation of the lesion is evaluated in terms of colour(s) and structure. All our doctors are well trained in dermoscopy. Dermoscopy is a very important and powerful tool in detecting cancers, as no mole is left unchecked
During a biopsy, a doctor removes a small amount of tissue to examine under a microscope. Other tests can suggest that cancer is present, but only a biopsy can make a diagnosis.Skin biopsy procedures include:
The treatment you receive will depend on multiple factors:
Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. Other forms of treatment include laser therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, topical treatments, and photodynamic therapy.
Excision: Small skin cancers can be removed by cutting them out. If the tumour is large, more of the nearby skin is removed. As a result, you may need a skin graft or skin flap to cover the area.
Moh's technique: This is specialised surgery where tissue is removed piece by piece and looked at under the microscope until no traces of cancer cells are left. A skin graft is usually needed afterwards. Skin grafting maybe required after some surgery to help healing after the removal.
Laser therapy may be used to treat superficial skin cancers and precancerous growths on the lips. It involves putting a precise, intense beam of light on the growth, which is then destroyed.
Radiotherapy uses high-energy X-rays to shrink or destroy the cancer cells. It can be used in areas where surgery might be difficult or cause scarring. This could be the nose, ears, lips or eyelids.
Chemotherapy is a treatment using drugs that cure or control cancer. It is not commonly used for skin cancers. For superficial skin cancers a cream is put onto the skin directly. Very occasionally it is used when it has spread to other parts of the body. Our expert doctors provide diagnosis and treatment to your skin health and try to detect as early as possible.