Skin cancer is one of the most common variations of cancer, and according to the ACS (American Cancer Society); it makes up over half of all cancer diagnoses. It has become a serious epidemic and is continually rising each year in the United States, with thousands dying annually, which is why education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for skin cancer should not be overlooked.
Dr. Gerald Bock at California Skin and Laser Center understands the importance of taking good care of the skin. This includes a proper skin care regimen as well as wearing sunscreen every day on exposed skin, regardless of the amount of time spent outside. Patients should be aware of when they are spending time outdoors, avoiding the peak times when UV rays are at their strongest in the middle of the day. In addition, patients should maintain regular skin cancer screening sessions with their dermatologist.
Stockton area patients should fully embrace regular skin cancer screenings. When patients take the time for an annual examination, they may be able to catch cancerous cells long before they become problematic and work with their dermatologist to develop a treatment plan right for them. For some patients, simple excision can remove the cancer altogether from the body, while some patients may still need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.
Skin cancer screenings are done by noting any unusual skin tags or growths, changes in moles, or even wounds that do not heal. Dr. Gerald Bock will check the body from head to toe to look for any possible signs of cancer. If there are concerns, he may perform a biopsy to check for cancer cells.
If you live in or around the area of Stockton and want to see a professional about skin cancer screening, contact the team at California Skin and Laser Center today to book an appointment with Dr. Gerald Bock.