by Martin Kassir, M.D., F.A.A.D.
How do I know if I should get a Total Body Skin Exam?
These are some, but not all, of the indications that you may need a TBSE. Patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer (especially melanoma) will require more frequent TBSEs.
During the Total Body Skin Exam, Dr. Kassir will perform a thorough "head to toe" check of the patient's hair, skin, and nails.
You should have a total body skin exam (TBSE) on an annual basis performed by a dermatologist. A TBSE is a head to toe exam to check and map suspicious or problematic lesions that have the potential of becoming cancerous. A skin biopsy could be necessary if your dermatologist suspects a lesion of being pre-cancerous or cancerous. A dermapathologist will examine a tissue sample from your biopsy microscopically to determine whether the lesion is benign or malignant and the tissue type.
Skin cancer is more common in fair skinned people or people with a family history of skin cancer, but any skin type can get it.
Tips for preventing skin cancer:
-Use sunscreen everyday with at least a SPF 15 or above to sun exposed areas. Reapply ever 2 hours.
-Avoid peak hours of sun exposure (10am-4pm).
-Wear protected clothing such as t-shirts and wide brimmed hat.
-Get yearly skin exams to look for suspicious lesions or moles.
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