What is a Skin Check?
A skin check is basically what it is! It is checking are as of the skin to diagnose skin conditions and abnormalities. It is also referred to as a mole check, skin screen or skin exam. It is a common service performed by dermatologists to provide key information about their patient’s condition.
A patient will disrobe and the physician will carefully look over all areas of the skin. Along with this examination, a dermatologist asks questions about his client’s medical health. One of the most common uses of a skin check is in diagnosing skin cancer. The dermatologist will check spots, moles and sores for any changes or increase in number and will ask the patient if they have noticed any changes in their skin.
Skin check equipment
In order to have a close-up look of some of the areas of the skin, a dermatologist will use a dermascope. This is a magnifying glass with a built in LED light that is placed close to the area of the skin that needs to be checked. A dermatologist may also take photographs of the spot or area of the skin to be able to monitor any changes. A biopsy may also be performed to further evaluate a specific lesion. A small sample of the lesion is taken and then examined in a pathology laboratory. The results will return after several days.
Who needs a skin check
Everyone can benefit from having their skin checked for signs of cancer. Those who have had a skin cancer, or have a family history of skin cancer, particularly need to get a skin check. Most insurance companies will cover this type of visit to the dermatologist.