Cancer Screening in Birmingham, AL
A cancer screening is the best way to detect skin cancer in the earliest possible stages to improve outcomes of treatment. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers professional cancer screening services in our facility. We also educate residents of Birmingham, Alabaster, Shelby and Chilton Counties and surrounding areas in Alabama on the techniques for performing skin cancer self-checks at home.
What is a Cancer Screening?
Cancer screening is a preventive measure that facilitates early detection of skin cancers. Finding cancerous growths in the initial stages is proven to maximize treatment options and patient outcomes. We recommend three distinct types of cancer screenings for our patients:
- Full body skin exam
- Evaluation of any abnormal, changing or new growths
Benefits of a Cancer Screening
Many types of skin cancer will be relatively noticeable due to the appearance of sores or dry, scaly skin. Some, particularly when early and small, are not as obvious as other skin cancers. It is crucial to be aware of changes in your skin for early detection and successful treatment. While melanoma is much rarer than other types of skin cancer, it is especially important to detect melanoma early.
How Do I Know If I Need a Cancer Screening?
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends having a professional skin examination once per year. They also recommend skin self-checks every month. If you don’t want to do skin checks every month, it can be very helpful to be aware of the signs of skin cancer. This way, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, you can make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.
What to Expect from a Cancer Screening
Your dermatologist will visually examine your skin with special attention to sun exposed areas to provide an accurate diagnosis of any growths or abnormalities found on your skin. This is coupled with treatment options if deemed necessary. Some growths and abnormalities do not require medical intervention, and may be treated for cosmetic reasons.
Your skin cancer screening also includes an educational component that helps you prevent skin cancer. Make sure to use a quality SPF 30+ sunscreen when you are out in the sun, or cover up your skin. The sun causes an estimated 80 percent of the skin damage that leads to aging. Sun exposure is the leading cause of all types of skin cancer.
How Much Does a Cancer Screening Cost in Birmingham?
Your skin cancer screening may be covered by medical insurance, so we prefer to wait until after your consultation to discuss out-of-pocket costs. Dermatologists of Birmingham strives to make cancer screenings affordable to those living in the Birmingham area, so we offer several payment options, including cash, checks, major credit cards and financing.
Early detection of skin cancer is the best way of ensuring positive outcomes from treatment. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers skin cancer screening services by our board-certified dermatologists, as well as patient education on how to properly perform self-checks. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.