Skin Cancer Screening
One of the many fantastic things about the great state of Texas is all of the sunshine that we get here. Because of all that wonderful sun, it should be no surprise that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. In just this year alone, 2 million Americans will get diagnosed with skin cancer. However, even though skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, if you find it early and get it removed, it has one of the highest survival rates of any form of cancer.
Which is exactly why more and more patients are rushing to Dr. Perri for skin cancer screening. Patients who have a family history of skin cancer, are fair-skinned, or who have spent a lot of time in the sun should schedule annual or bi-annual skin cancer screenings with Dr. Perri.
Dr. Perri graduated from graduated medical school from Baylor College of Medicine in the top 10% of his class and went on to complete a dermatology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Perri is proud to serve his patients in the state of Texas. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Perri has achieved the highest level of prestige in his field of medicine. If you’re looking to have a dermatologist work with you, call Dr. Perri today at (281)943-2749.
How to Get Started with Dr. Perri
If you’ve noticed any changes to your skin, new moles, new lesions, discolored patches, or if you just want to get a skin cancer screening, patients should immediately call Dr. Perri.
When you call us, you’ll be able to speak with one of our friendly and dedicated staff about any of your questions and concerns. It’s always a huge pleasure to speak with our new patients.
The next step is to schedule your first meeting with Dr. Perri. This preliminary consultation is when Dr. Perri will learn more about your medical history and if you’re taking any medications right now. From there, Dr. Perri will perform an examination and inspect your skin for any suspicious signs.
After that, Dr. Perri will develop a treatment plan for you that addresses your unique condition and your concerns. This treatment plan is unique to you and will help Dr. Perri get the most optimal results. In some cases, Dr. Perri may even suggest performing a biopsy the same day to determine if a suspicious mole is cancerous. Call our office today to get the process started at (281)943-2749.
Who Should Get Skin Cancer Screening?
Men and women are equally susceptible to skin cancer. But there are a few factors that greatly increase your risk of getting skin cancer.
- Heredity – If any of your direct relatives has had skin cancer, you are at a greater risk of getting it yourself. If this is the case for you, setting up regular screenings is a great way to protect yourself.
- Exposure – For a lot of folks, they grew up before we realized exactly how damaging the sun is. If you spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid without sunscreen, you might want to consider getting screened every year.
- Fair skin – If you have light hair, light eyes, and fair skin, your chances of getting skin cancer are higher.
What Happens During a Skin Cancer Screening?
Patients that have lots of moles or who are light skinned may want to get checked for skin cancer once or twice every year. During this skin cancer screening, Dr. Perri will thoroughly examine every inch of your skin looking for signs of skin cancer.
If Dr. Perri discovers something that concerns him, he may decide to remove a mole or a suspicious growth for further examination. Removing a mole for analysis is called a “biopsy.”
During a biopsy, Dr. Perri will numb the area using local anesthesia. He will then excise (remove) the mole with a shave biopsy and send the sample to a pathologist for further examination and to see if it is cancerous.
Skin cancer has one of the highest survival rates of any cancer because it is so easy and fast to find it early. Make sure that you call Dr. Perri today to set up your consultation and skin cancer screening.
Contact our office today at (281)943-2749.