Top Reasons People Skip Their Skin Checks

Top Reasons People Skip Their Skin Checks | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Top Reasons People Skip Their Skin Checks

Everyone should see a dermatologist at least once per year for a skin check or mole check. However, at Spectrum Dermatology, a lot of patients are getting their first skin check in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. While it’s true that most skin cancer occurs in adults, anyone of any age can be a victim of skin cancer.

A mole check is a fast and non-invasive appointment where your dermatologist visually checks for signs of suspicious moles. If such a mole is found, a quick biopsy is performed. Skin checks are the number-one way to catch and treat skin cancer early. So why do so many people skip their skin checks?

  1. They think it’s a bother. A lot of people don’t see their dentist or regular doctor every year, either. Nobody likes a medical appointment. You might have to take time off of work or re-schedule other plans. However, when addressed early, skin cancer is very easy to treat. A small bother now can help you avoid a big problem later.
  2. They don’t have a family history of skin cancer. Family history is a major component in assessing your risk factor for skin cancer, but a lot of people with skin cancer have no family members with skin cancer.
  3. They wear sunscreen every day. Even if you’re committed to daily sunscreen, that doesn’t mean you’re completely safe. It’s unlikely that you were slathered with sunscreen every day of your childhood. A lot of people miss re-applying every 75 minutes or might use a sunscreen that isn’t the right SPF. Sunscreen is an absolute must for skin health, but it doesn’t guarantee you won’t develop skin cancer.
  4. They don’t have any suspicious moles. Strange-looking moles are a common red flag for skin cancer, but some people have skin cancer and no moles. You also can’t self-check about half of your body, such as your back and scalp.

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