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.
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