What is a Skin Cancer Screening?
The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. The high rate of skin cancer means that routine skin screenings are crucial, especially when you've got a family or personal history of skin cancer. Early detection is key to accessing more treatment options and better results. Leading dermatologist Dr Jay Mehta offers comprehensive skin cancer screenings with biopsies of abnormal areas, as well as many other innovative skin cancer procedures. To schedule a skin cancer screening, contact Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ near Phoenix.
"I love this place. It is super clean and staff are very versed in all aspects of skin care. I have not been here for awhile as I usually come out to Arizpna for the winter months and have been away but am back now and will be booking appointment right away. This place is so very different than many and do not push things at you. They are 100% professional."- B. / Healthgrades / Jan 08, 2020
"Greeted by a friendly staff :) I was pleased to learn that there was nothing alarming or cancerous after a thorough body check. However, the aging process, as well as many hours in the outdoors were evident! I really appreciated the time Becky spent explaining details about my skin, healthier skincare practices, and product suggestions to improve it - sun block being #1! Dr. Mehta was very pleasant and answered my questions (and fears) about any type of face treatment procedures. I feel very confident having him work on my skin to restore some of its lost glow. I highly recommend the Arizona Skin Institute."- M.A. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"My first visit at Arizona Skin Institute was great~!...The staff was friendly welcoming, and professional in every detail~!...Dr Mehta is a super nice man~!...He is personable, down-to-earth and easy to talk to...He has great bedside manner~!...He explained things thoroughly and I felt confident about his addressing my issues...I am have no doubt that he'll continue to make my skin health his priority~!...I didn't have any more than a 10 minute wait for my appointment...I was in & out within an hour but I didn't feel at all rushed...I would highly recommend Dr Mehta at Arizona Skin Institute...I am looking forward to any future visits.. I know that Dr Mehta will take good care of me~!...Don't hesitate to make an appointment...You won't be sorry..."- S.C. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"I visited the Peoria location. The staff is amazing! Everyone is friendly, professional, and very personable. I was having a hard day, not to mention, struggling for some time with some skin issues, and one of my doctors really went the extra mile to cheer me on and show her beautiful loving spirit with a friendly hug and positive, motivating feedback. I was very comfortable engaging with the doctors and asking questions. Having over 10 & 15 years of experience, they were very informative and confident. I really love this place and I recommend it to anyone seeking any areas of dermatology, like skin diseases & conditions, including cosmetic treatments like Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments."- M.B. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"They were prompt, great front office and Becky Caudle, PA and the Doctor were fantastic!"- G.C. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
Types of Skin Cancer
Dr Mehta looks for four kinds of skin cancers during a dermal exam:
- Actinic Keratoses (AK): This kind tends to form after age 40 around areas of the skin that have been exposed to sunlight — such as the head, throat, hands, and forearms. AKs look like scaly, dry spots and are generally deemed precancerous because they could develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): This is the most common type of skin cancer. BCC can form anywhere on the body and may look like a pink area or a pearl-sized, flesh-colored bump. BCC needs to be treated because it could grow into nerves and bones, resulting in disfigurements and damage.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): This is the second most common form of skin cancer. Forming on skin that gets the most UV exposure, SCC looks like scaly spots; firm, red bumps; or sores that heal and reopen. These should be eliminated to avoid damage and disfigurement.
- Melanoma: This kind of cancer grows abruptly as a dark spot on the skin. Dr Mehta uses the ABCDs to detect melanoma: Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter. Based on information from the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma accounts for only one percent of skin cancer cases but for the majority of skin cancer deaths. For this reason, melanoma needs to be treated quickly once it's diagnosed.
Checking Your Skin for Cancer
During your skin cancer screening, Dr Mehta will check your whole body for moles, birthmarks, and any abnormal growths. He can create a map of spots to indicate areas of concern, which also helps him identify new growths at future screenings. Dr Mehta will explain to you how to perform a self-exam between your visits.
Sometimes, Dr Mehta may take a biopsy of a suspicious spot. To do so, he'll numb the skin and then shave off a little sample. He'll send the biopsy to a pathology laboratory for evaluation. After Dr Mehta gets your pathology report, we'll contact you with the results.
Early Detection is the Key
Understanding your risk and early detection are two keys factors to treating skin cancer successfully. If you're due for a yearly skin check, then contact our office in Surprise, AZ near Phoenix. Whether you're already seeing Dr Mehta for other treatments, are at elevated risk of developing skin cancer, or have questions about a strange growth on your skin, schedule a skin cancer screening at Arizona Skin Institute today.