1. You’ve never had a skin examination before
Even though you’ve always been diligent with sunscreen or you’ve never been sunburned; a skin examination is important. A total body skin exam requires that every inch possible of your skin be examined, not just sun-exposed or visible skin areas.
You only get one body and your skin is with you for a lifetime.
2. You see changes in your Skin
If you see something new or changing in size, shape, color, itching, not healing, unusual bleeding on your skin its a good indication you need a dermatologist’s opinion.
3. You’ve Tanned in a Bed
Did you know one of the major causes of certain skin cancers comes from tanning in a bed? Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) comes from both the sun and in tanning beds.
The more exposure you’ve had to this type of direct light, the higher chances you have for developing Melanoma.
4. Skin cancer is in your family
Certain research shows that 1 to 2 percent of melanoma cases are inherited. The National Cancer Institute warns that: “Having two or more close relatives who have had melanoma is a risk factor. About 10 percent of all patients with melanoma have a family member with this disease.”
Letting your dermatologist know about any family history of skin cancer is important. They may want to check your skin more regularly for any suspicious moles or lesions.
So, if you are serious having and maintaining healthy skin, see a dermatologist for your total body skin exam, not another medical specialist.