Medical dermatology involves basic acne treatments and wart removals, but it also includes treating skin cancer. Experts estimate that approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each day. Because skin cancer is generally completely treatable if it’s caught early, it’s important to schedule routine skin checks with your dermatologist at Beaird Dermatology. Leslie Beaird, MD, and her expert dermatology team in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, welcome new patients for medical dermatology diagnostics and treatments.
Yes. Researchers estimate that as many as 3.3 million Americans were treated for some form of carcinoma in 2012. Carcinomas are abnormal cancer cells that divide uncontrollably. They are typically treatable when caught early.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer overall. It forms in the deepest level of your skin’s outermost layer. Usually basal cell carcinomas stem from too much sun exposure, like if you frequently get bad sunburns. In severe cases, basal cell carcinomas can spread to other parts of your body.
Squamous cell carcinomas generally form on parts of your skin that get the most sun exposure, like your face and neck. This type of skin cancer spreads quicker than basal cell carcinoma, so early detection and treatment are essential. While rare, it’s possible for squamous cell carcinomas to spread to your lymph nodes.
Besides diagnosing and treating all types of skin cancer, your dedicated the team at Beaird Dermatology helps you with any skin concern. They specialize in:
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. So getting a routine skin check every year is just as important as an annual exam with your primary care physician or twice-yearly checkup with your dentist. When you come into Beaird Dermatology for your skin check, your practitioner sits down and talks with you about your overall health and family medical history.
During the exam, Dr. Beaird or one of her team checks every square inch of your skin — from the soles of your feet all the way up to the top of your scalp. If you have anything in particular you’re worried about, let them know.
A complete skin exam takes less than 10 minutes. If your practitioner sees anything suspicious, she can usually remove it on the spot and send it to the lab for a biopsy. For larger concerns, you may have to schedule another appointment to have the biopsy completed.
Call the office of Beaird Dermatology — or use the convenient online booking feature — to schedule your complete skin exam.