06 Dec Have You Maximized Your HSA for 2017? Schedule an Annual Skin Exam!
The new year is right around the corner, and for many people, it’s time to hustle and make the most of insurance policies and HSA accounts. At Spectrum Dermatology, we accept every type of insurance and work with our patients to maximize health savings accounts (HSAs). Most people know they need to see their general practitioner and dentist at least once a year for an annual exam. But is an annual skin exam on your to-do list?
Put Annual Skin Exam On Your To-Do List
Skin cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States—and it’s also the easiest to treat when caught early. Skin cancer such as melanoma doesn’t always look “obvious.” However, red flags such as moles with irregular borders, which have changed shapes, or with discoloration within the mole (not one solid color) can be a sign of skin cancer.
Don’t have any moles at all? That doesn’t mean you can’t get skin cancer. Most people don’t wear sunscreen as they should, which means applied any time the skin is exposed to the sun (even indoors when sitting by a window) and reapplied every two hours.
However, skin cancer isn’t the only concern annual skin exams can help stay on top of. These critical exams can also help with the diagnosis of eczema, acne, psoriasis, dandruff, and a variety of skin conditions.
Start Your Mole-Tracking Journey
One of the major markers of skin cancer is moles that change shape as an adult. However, most people don’t pay a lot of attention to mole shape, borders, and colors until something is seriously suspicious. We see ourselves and our skin every day—or at least some of it. What about the skin and potential moles on your back or in your scalp?
Tracking moles with the latest dermatological technology keeps you and your medical team abreast of any changes. Mole mapping uses the latest technology to track, record, and watch any changes to the skin over time.