The full body skin examination by all the providers at the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington is a thorough evaluation of the skin, scalp and oral mucosa for patients with either a prior history of skin cancer or significant increased risk because of family history, prior sun damage or immunosuppression, including organ transplantation. We evaluate patients with a prior history of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, dermatofibromasarcoma protuberans, Basal cell nevus or Gorlin’s syndrome and atypical moles.
In addition to your medical history, we will review your family history and discuss the extent of your prior ultraviolet exposure. It is helpful if you have records of your prior skin cancer treatment as we will examine the scars for recurrence.
Photographs and measurements will be obtained during your visit and Melafind technology may be utilized to non-invasively monitor moles. Pigmented lesions are all examined with a dermatoscope as we are all trained in dermoscopy to evaluate suspicious lesions. The frequency of full-body skin examination depends on prior history, ranging from annually for atypical mole patients to quarterly if you are on anti-rejection medications after lung, kidney, liver or heart transplantation.
In preparation for your full body skin exam, you should remove all nail polish or lacquer and be prepared to remove your make-up.
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